200 Year-Old Battlefield *

4-0db64bb9b0When you're standing in the Sculpture Park, the Villa Louis is not a hidden treasure, but this year, several events will be taking place on the grounds of the historical site/former battlefield that's just west of the Park.

On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a walking tour on the island will cover the land at the center of the Battle of Prairie du Chien.

Each tour will include a stop at the planned archaeological dig taking place on the lawn of Villa Louis that will be searching for the remains of Fort Shelby and Old Fort Crawford.

As part of the commemoration of the Battle of 1812 that took place on the island 200 years ago, the Roseville Community Band will play a mix of music from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., before the fireworks go off over the river.

For the last 25 years, on the anniversary of the Battle of Prairie du Chien, re-enactors have camped on the island and assembled on the battlefield. This year's battle will be the biggest, taking place on. Canadians will be coming down to take part as the Canadian voyageur militia. Other re-enactors will become American infantrymen and American Indians in the battle. Among the 150 to 200 re-enactors, there will also be non-combatants – women and cooks.

Due to a change in rules about how much is charged participants, this will be the last year of the battle on the grounds of the Villa Louis. The concert and fireworks on are free. To get more information about the admission fees for the other events, go to the Villa Louis website.

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Source: Mississippi River Sculpture Park July 2014 Newsletter