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

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

Sieur de Vincennes

The significance of the French influence on Indiana is that Sieur de Vincennes was commissioned to build a trading post on the Wabash River.  About 1730 he found a perfect place where many Indians crossed the river, the old buffalo trace.  This area became increasingly important to New France in keeping their connection to Louisiana open and keeping the British and their Indian allies out.

The Piankeshaw Indians also followed Sieur de Vincennes down the Wabash River and lived next to his trading post.  The fort that surrounded his house and barracks was completed in 1732.  His first daughter was also born that year making them the first family of this post.  Sieur de Vincennes is also responsible for the first European settlers coming here to settle.  The first Catholic parish in 1734.

The Fort he built was the beginning of the city that would be named in his honor.  The city of Vincennes, would become the site of Fort Sackville where Hamilton surrendered and where the George Rogers Clark Memorial is today.

A local group is raising funds to erect a statue in honor of Sieur de Vincennes.  Postcards like the photo above and prints of the early Wabash River are being sold at the Visitors Bureau and other locations.  Individuals wishing to make a donation should be made payable to the VHAS-Statue and mailed to the Vincennes Historical and Antiquarian Society, P.O. Box 487, Vincennes.

 

Weekend Happenings

Begin your weekend on Friday morning by walking with a George Rogers Clark NHP Ranger down the Riverwalk.  The walk begins at the GRC Visitors Center at 10am.  Hear stories of George Rogers Clark and William Henry Harrison, landscapes and more.

On Saturday shop the Farmers Market for local produce, baked goods and more.  The market runs from 8am to 1pm at the Riverfront Pavilion.  The Vincennes State Historic Sites have a new exhibit on display at the Old State Bank, “Art for the Nation, WWI.”  The exhibit is open on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.  Wrap up the day with a concert at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Rheas of Life, Family of Musicians will perform at 7:30pm.  The concert will also feature special guest appearances by Diana Steckler-Sacino, Melissa Merida, Dave Parman, Susie Jackson and Angela Cooper.  Tickets are $10/person and may be purchased by calling the Red Skelton Museum at 812.888.4184 or at the box office.

Vote for Vincennes!

Please take a minute to cast your vote for the Vincennes sites in the Visitindiana.com “Best Indiana Historic Destinations” online contest. Voting remains open through October 27th. https://visitindiana.com/best-of-indiana/cast-your-vote

Three Vincennes sites are listed, the George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

 

Labor Day Weekend Happenings

This weekend is full of activities!  The Indiana Military will host the Salute to Veterans of WWII event on Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm.  The event includes Authentic camps, military vehicle parade, Living History Interpreters and WWII speakers, battle enactments, weapon demonstrations and more.  Admission to the event is free, parking is $2 per car.  Museum admission is free to WWII veterans, $5 for adults and $3 for children.  Food and merchant vendors will be onsite as well.

Saturday evening the Red Skelton Museum will show “The Clown” at 5pm.  Red starred in the 1953 film.  The event is free.

The Bicknell Heritage Pride Parade steps off at noon on Monday.  The route is on Main Street from 10th to Southside park.  Check our website for complete event listings.

Photo credit, Jerry Brenner

 

Mysteries at the Indiana Military Museum

The Indiana Military Museum will be featured on the August 24th episode of “Mysteries at the Museum” on the Travel Channel.  The crew of the Travel Channel visited the museum earlier this year for filming and were interested in some of the smaller items in the museum.  The crew spent half of a day filming at the museum and then shot some additional footage throughout the community.  Check your local listings for show times.

Now in Season

Knox County watermelons and cantaloupes are now in season!  As well as many of your other local favorites!  Visit the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm or Saturday from 8am to 1pm or your favorite roadside farm market to get all of your in season produce.

Weekend Happenings

Beat the heat at Rainbow Beach, open all weekend.

Open auditions for the USO Stagedoor Canteen will be held Friday night at the George Rogers Clark Visitors Center from 6:30 to 10pm.

The Knox County Fair continues Friday and Saturday with Motocross in the grandstands both nights.

Cub League is hosting the 8 and 10 year old Ohio Valley Regional’s Friday, Saturday and the tournament games on Sunday.

The Farmers Market is going on Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion from 8am to 1pm.  Shop the finest in season Knox County produce, plants and more!

 

Red Skelton Festival

Join us for the Red Skelton Festival on Saturday July 14th at the Red Skelton Museum!  The festival kicks off at 10am and runs until 3pm.  There is family fun entertainment and games throughout the day.  Purchase a commemorative festival button for $5 and receive free admission to the museum all day, Saturday July 14th only.  Saturday evening Red Skelton Impersonator Brian Hoffman will perform in the Red Skelton Theater at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the museum, general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Lester Square Fitness Initiative

The Vincennes Park and Recreation Department is currently raising funds to bring outdoor fitness equipment to Lester Square Park located on South 10th Street. The project will make outdoor fitness equipment available to all at no charge as well as give parents a chance to exercise while watching their children play.  For more information or to donate visit, http://fitnessinitiative.org/

 

 

New Architecture Tour


The George Rogers Clark NHP has a new tour of the Clark Memorial.  Visit the site to find out what the symbols inside the memorial mean, what stone was used to build the monument, the significance of the marble inside the memorial and much more!  Tours of the site are free but donations are accepted.  The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm.  For more information on the park visit, https://www.nps.gov/gero/index.htm