Prospect House & Civil War Museum Picture of Prospect House


The Prospect House & Civil War Museum is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. Our July events have been cancelled. Please watch our website for updates on future events.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our museum. Together, our friends have helped us raise over $2,100 in relief funding for the museum. Also, thanks to contributions made to our online giving campaign, #GiveTuesdayNow, over $1400 of these proceeds are eligible for matching funds!

The Prospect House’s gardens are currently open for self guided tours. Even though we cannot yet allow visitors inside the museum, we are hoping to connect with you through virtual events. Your feedback would help us tremendously as we work to develop new online programming. If you wouldn’t mind contributing a little bit of your time today, please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey.

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The Prospect House

The Prospect House, a Georgian-style "mansion", is a treasure in its own right. Cap Colehour built the first house in 1882, based on architectural drawings from his home in Chicago. In 1886 Cap built an addition onto his house and began to offer his home, which he then called "The Prospect Inn", as a seasonal resort. He operated the resort until 1924 when his wife made him retire at age 82. The Prospect Inn was perhaps the first and largest resort in the lakes area, operating for 38 years. Cap’s daughter, Kathrina, and her husband, Ernest Wilkins, remodeled the interior five years later, in 1929. The house’s furnishings and décor have not been changed since that time.

Continually inhabited by descendants of Cap Colehour since 1882, the Prospect House features the Civil War Museum in the lower level. Century old trees define the grounds where the Prospect House was originally built and remains today as a historical site in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Historical markers around the yard tell the story of the Prospect House.

Museum Rifle

Civil War Museum

Follow the Civil War trail and trials of James Allison "Cap" Colehour through his three year enlistment.

James A. Colehour enlisted for Civil War service in 1862, along with his brother, with Company I, 92nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry and served until the end of the war. You can view his uniform sleeves with the visible holes where he was shot twice. You will be able to follow the map of his unit during the war including the Battle of Chickamauga, where he was wounded, and Sherman's "March to the Sea". Cap's collection of Lincoln memorabilia shows his patriotism to our 16th President. You will be able to view Cap's collection of Civil War items and many pictures and articles. This Museum is the highlight of the tour!

If you would like a virtual sneak peek inside—check out our video page.