Fort Crawford, stood guard from 1816 to 1856 and the Fort Crawford Museum features a wide variety of local history about Wisconsin and Prairie du Chien in particular. It’s only a short 5-minute drive from Windsor Place Inn and is a great place to spend some time with your family.
See the Tools of Frontier Medicine
Learn how army surgeon William Beaumont pioneered the study of human digestion through his experiments at the Fort Crawford Military Hospital. Next, discover Civil War Medicine and the history of the Swift U.S. Army Hospital.
Explore Wisconsin’s Military History
View the artifacts uncovered in archaeological excavations of old Fort Crawford as you follow the story of the Black Hawk War and its participants, including Zachary Taylor and Jefferson Davis.
Delve into Prairie du Chien’s Past
See how Wisconsin’s second oldest city grew from a frontier fur trading village into a midwestern rivertown as you encounter exhibits on local schools, historic businesses, and the coming of the railroad.