Welcome to Indiana’s Territorial Past, located in Vincennes and Knox County.

Indiana’s first city is the perfect getaway for history enthusiasts.

Vincennes State Historic Sites

The original territorial capitol (red building) was used from 1800 to 1813 while Vincennes was the capitol of the Indiana Territory. It is considered the oldest major government building in the Midwest. A replica of the Jefferson Academy (1801) is used to interpret the first college in Indiana, the direct predecessor of Vincennes University. The Elihu Stout Print Shop is a replica of the building where the first newspaper, the Indiana Gazette was published (1804) featuring an authentic Ramage press of the era. The Thompson birthplace is a small frame house where the author of Alice of Old Vincennes was born. An 1830's style Log Cabin serves at the Visitors Center.


Vincennes State Historic Sites
1 West Harrison Street
Vincennes, IN 47591



Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm (ET). *Closed Mondays & government holidays.

Manager: David Weaver
Website: http://www.indianamuseum.org/explore/vincennes
Admission Information:

*Group tours of 10+, please call the Vincennes/Knox Co. Visitors & Tourism Bureau @ 1.800.886.6443 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm (ET). *School group rates are available.

This location is wheelchair accessible.
Dial 812-703-4004, site code 6 for audio tour.
Google Map*
*Note: RR's, CR's and PO boxes sometimes do not show the correct location. In such cases, you should use the contact information above to find accurate directions.