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Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

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Mission Statement

The Elmbrook Historical Society is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to research the history of Brookfield and Elm Grove and to collect, preserve, and exhibit objects from our past.



21st Annual Civil War Encampment


Join in the fun and excitement where

an important event in our history comes alive!


Saturday, May 2, 2015  - Sunday, May 3, 2015


10:00 am to 4:00 pm Daily


Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum

1075 Pilgrim Parkway

Brookfield, Wisconsin


civil war reenactment




During this two day event, soldier re-enactors camp overnight on the grounds.  One unit has long, rifled guns and the other carries a smaller mountain gun. Walk through the campsites, hear cannon roar, tour the Inn.  See a fashion show of 1860s clothing. Watch Cushing’s Battery demonstrate the artillery and fire the cannon.  Bid on silent auction baskets.


Visitors will be able to:

  • View medical demonstrations of the care and treatment received by Civil War soldiers
  • Walk through the soldiers' campsites and see soldiers readying for battle
  • See artillery units drill and hear the cannon roar
  • Hear a concert by the Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin at 12 noon on Sunday.
  • Learn about the Civil War and the role Wisconsin played in the war
  • Visitors also will learn what it was like to live during the Civil War

Visitors can:

  • Tour the historic Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum restored with authentic artifacts
  • Observe or talk to a blacksmith, a fortune teller, and an embalmer, etc.
  • Learn how clothing and other items were made in the 1860s -spinning, quilting , bobbin lace making etc.
  • Attend a 1860’s Fashion Show on SaturdayPurchase handmade goods from merchants: candles, quilts, clothing, honey, baskets, tinware, lace, carpets, buttons, hard tack, toys, soaps etc.
  • Participate in children's games as children would have in the 1860's
  • Bid on wonderful silent auction baskets in the Inn, auction ending at 3:30 pm Sunday.  Need not be present to win.  Thank you to our donors!!
  • Shop for bonnets, Civil War hats, toy soldiers and other items at the Donaldson House Visitor's Center & Gift Shop

Schedule subject to change without notice

Food and Beverages Are Available Both Days


Adults: $6.00 Children 6 to 12: $3.00 Children under 5 are free!

(Cash or check only)


Free parking and a shuttle is provided round trip from these parking lots to the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum.  No parking on the grounds


Pilgrim Park Middle School
1500 Pilgrim Parkway, Elm Grove, WI

North Shore Bank, North Parking Lot
15700 W. Blue Mound Road, Brookfield, WI

Special Thanks!

2014 Civil War Days Participants


17th Corps Field Hospital

Civil War Nursing - Emily Matthews

Cushing's Battery

Daughters of Union Veterans

Embalming Surgeon - Ed Klug

Fortune Teller - Carol Paulson

Grand Army of the Republic

Historical Time Keepers

James Johnson

Kepis & Dream Catchers

Mary Todd Lincoln - Jessica Michna

Pelham's Battery

Regimental Volunteer Band of Wisconsin

Undertaker - Scott Paulson


Prior Civil War Encampment

Crowds gather to see the canon fire.
Confederate troops come out from hiding in the underbrush.
Union troops fire canon.
President Lincoln examines wares sold by a
sutler during the Civil War Encampment.

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