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

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

Places to Hear Live Music!

Have you ever spent your weekend searching for something fun to do? Worry no more! There are plenty of places to find live entertainment in Vincennes/Knox County! We have put together a list of all the venues and restaurants that host live music over the weekends. Enjoy!

First City Music Festival

The inaugural “First City Music Festival” will be held at the French Commons (2nd & Willow Streets) on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, 19. The eclectic music festival will celebrate the heritage and culture of music and local artists are invited to perform their various types of music. Artisan vendors will offer one-of-a-kind items and exceptional food vendors as well as libations for adults will be available during this two-day event. On Friday the general admission gates will open at 2:00pm and with a pre-show at 3:00pm by local musicians Jared & Luke. More great entertainment on the main stage will be held from 5:00pm – Midnight, and “Partner Glow Yoga” offered by Bonnie Bowman and Sara Ash. Yoga mats will be available to borrow! On Saturday, general admission gates open at 8:30am, the Yoga Garden at 9:00am, and main stage entertainment begins at 10:00am. Music workshops will be available, bring your instruments! Kids can enjoy activities from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. *All yoga classes, music workshops and kids’ activities are FREE to ticket holders! Tickets are available through Eventbrite, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-city-music-festival-tickets-66528048183. *Kids 12 and under are FREE!!! Watch for more information on the festival’s facebook page.

Vincennes Moose Lodge 281

If you’re a member of the Moose Lodge, you know they have Karaoke night every other Saturday from 9-midnight. This is for members only, but one may come as a guest of a member!

The Vincennes Brewing Company

The VBC has 2-3 live music acts a month in their upstairs bar! These acts play on either Friday or Saturday. Some past acts to perform here include Jasper Smith, Jared and Luke, Steve Fulton, and Roney Watts just to name a few. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their rotating schedule of live acts!

Lasata Wines

On the first Friday of every month, Lasata has their “Wine” Downs event. The winery is open until 8PM with live music from 6-8PM IL time. No cover charge!

Willies Pub

If you love Karaoke, and are over the age of 21, Willies Pub is the place for you on Thursday nights! They also have a live DJ on Friday’s and Saturday’s! Come one, come all – Willies Pub is sure to have music for everyone.

Old Time Players

When the Old Time Players has a show in the works, they’re here to be your weekend entertainment. Their most current show runs from October 18-20 and 25-27. You can purchase tickets to their shows at Save-A-Lot, the VU Bookstore, First Vincennes Savings Bank, and Eyeworks. Prices vary between $4 for children and $10 for adults. Be sure to head to their Facebook page to keep updated on upcoming shows!

Where to Find Vincennes/Knox County Gear

One of our most frequently asked questions by visitors is where to find local souvenirs, so we decided to help by compiling a list of all the places in Vincennes/Knox County that you can find them!

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

GRC pins, patches, postcards, mugs, magnets.

Grouseland, President William Henry Harrison Mansion

Postcards, Vincennes prints.

Moore & Miller Emporium & Diner

Mugs, t-shirts, postcards, magnets, keychains, shot glasses.

Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau

T-shirts, sweatshirts, postcards, brochures.

 

Local Historic Sites and Museums

Indiana Military Museum

IMM gear, historic military memorabilia.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy

Red Skelton souvenirs, t-shirts, mugs, postcards.

Vincennes University Book Store

Vincennes University t-shirts, mugs, school gear, etc.

 

 

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Where to Grab a Slice

Pizza never goes out of season, and holds a special place in many of our locals hearts. Whether you’re looking for something local or want to stick to a nationally known chain, Vincennes/Knox County is the place to go when you’re looking for a good slice of pizza.

Bill Bobes Pizzeria

Are you craving for an authentic pizza experience? Step into Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria for a lip-smacking pizza treat. They have been serving since 1954! Locals feud between the two Bobe’s on who’s is better. We’ve decided to stay neutral, and agree that both establishments serve up a great slice of ‘za.

Photo courtesy of Byron Bobes Pizza House Facebook page.

Byron Bobes Pizza House

Serving Knox County since the 70s, they are proud to be a locally owned and operated business, who just so happens to make great pizza, too.

Photo courtesy of Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell Facebook page.

Jimbo’s Pizza & Wings Bicknell

Providing Bicknell with delicious pizza and wings since 1995.

Photo courtesy of Monical’s Pizza Facebook page.

Monical’s Pizza of Vincennes

In 1959 the Monical family started making pizzas in the little town of Tolono, Illinois. Before long, their recipe became a hit with many of their local friends and neighbors. Today, they’re still serving up a mean slice of pie.

Photo courtesy of Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom’s Facebook page.

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom

Since 1976, they’ve been committed to innovation and excellence in craft beer, pairing those picks with delicious dishes, and delivering to our guests genuine Chicago-style goodness. Serving the Knox County community since 2018, their pizza has become a local fan favorite.

Photo courtesy of Papa John’s Facebook page.

Papa John’s Pizza

In 1984, Papa John’s opened its doors with one goal in mind: Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. They knew that with quality ingredients they would create superior quality pizzas. That goal and the promise of Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. remain true to this day.

Photo courtesy of Pizza Hut’s Facebook page.

Pizza Hut

For more than 60 years, Pizza Hut has been serving up, well, pizza. But they don’t just make pizza, they strive to make people happy. They create food they’re proud to serve and deliver it fast, with a smile. And you know what they say: No one out pizza’s the hut.

Photo courtesy of Procopios Pizza & Pasta’s Facebook page.

Procopios Pizza & Pasta

From original to deep dish to cauliflower crust, Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta has it all. Housed inside a 100 year old building on historic Downtown Vincennes, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Photo courtesy of Slicer’s Facebook page.

Slicers @ the Country Club of Old Vincennes

Pizza (along with other goodies) served up buffet style, as well as by the full pizza. Yet another great pizza option in Vincennes.

 

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ABC’s of Knox County

We think Vincennes/Knox County is an amazing place to call home. This corn-filled, historic county is a wonderful place to live and is home to many of us. That’s why we thought we would create a sort of ode to Knox County.

Agritourism – the combination of agriculture and tourism. It’s having access to experience what farm life is really like. You can read more about Vincennes/Knox County’s Agritourism scene in our blog.

Blue Jeans Center – Most well known for their Blue Jeans Festival, the Blue Jeans Center is located in the heart of Monroe City and is home to basketball tournaments, graduation parties, and other local events.

County Fair – Everyone looks forward to the Knox County Fair coming around and this year promises fun, great food, activities and fun for the entire family!

Downtown Architecture Tours – Walking guided architecture tours are available during various events throughout the year. Tours begin at the corner parking lot on 6th and Main Streets and guide you down our historic Main Street.

Ellis Mansion – Now known as the Harmony Society, is Indiana’s Oldest Social Club celebrating 130 years!

First Friday Art Walk – Art viewers flood to downtown Vincennes on the first Friday of every month for the First Friday Art Walk, where the art galleries in town display seasonal and new works of art!

Gregg Park – Considered the center-piece of the Vincennes Parks system, Gregg Park is full of rich history, from its early days as home of the Knox County Fair, to the building of three WPA projects in the late 1930’s. Today, Gregg Park has been recognized for its historic significance by being place on the National and State Register of Historic Places.

Harrison Mansion and Museum – Grouseland – Home of William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana territory, later ninth president of the United States. Built in 1803-1804, it was saved from destruction and restored by the Francis Vigo Chapter of the DAR in 1911.

Indiana Military Museum – Having one of the most outstanding displays in the Midwest spanning the Civil War through WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and current engagements, the IMM is truly a Knox County treasure. The newly-opened Annex exhibit space displays feature tanks, artillery and aircraft and the indoor museum showcases uniforms, flags, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs, WWII toys, home front items and vehicles.

Jefferson Academy – Used to interpret the first college in Indiana, the direct predecessor of Vincennes University.

Knox County Parks – Our parks include: Fox Ridge Nature Park, Knox County Dog Park, Ouabache Trails Park, and Kimmell Park.

Local: shop local, eat local, live local – Keeping things local is a recurring theme of Knox County. Businesses and Government officials encourage our community to shop, eat, and live local to support our local business community.

McGrady-Brockman House – The McGrady-Brockman House is the Knox County Public Library’s history/genealogy center and the repository documents from the Old Northwest Territory as well as the Indiana Territory.

National Historical Park – George Roger’s Clark – The park features a massive granite memorial which commemorates the conquest of the Old Northwest Territory, and is the largest national monument outside of Washington, D.C.

Ouabache Trails Park – Located on a 254-acre park on the Wabash River features 4 miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Parade of Lights – A true Christmas staple of Vincennes, the Downtown Christmas Stroll and Parade of Lights on Main Street offers people the chance to visit participating merchants offering special deals during the holiday season.

Quality Education: Vincennes University – The first college in Indiana, V.U. is steeped in 200 years of tradition but is definitely in the 21st century, being the State’s premier transfer institution and leader in innovative career programming. The V.U. community ensures educational access, delivers proven associate and baccalaureate programs, and offers cultural opportunities and community services in a diverse, student-centered, collegiate environment.

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy – Celebrating the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest comedians, this 3,500 square foot, fully interactive museum focuses on Red’s life and the many characters, such as Freddie the Freeloader and Clem Kadiddlehopper, whom he brought to life through his radio and television shows.

Sieur De Vincennes – Francois Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes, founded Vincennes in 1732 and built the first fort here on the Wabash River. A statue was put up in his honor, and can be seen at the Downtown River Walk.

Theaters: Red Skelton & Old Town Players – A healthy arts society is vital to the well-being of a thriving, successful community. And a community that supports the arts reaps tangible benefits in the form of economic development, community pride, and enhanced vision for the future. Our community is lucky enough to have not one, but two amazing theaters.

USS Vincennes Monument – Located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge on Vigo Street, commemorates the four naval ships named for our community. The first U.S.S. Vincennes launched in 1826, was the flagship of a U.S. South Seas Exploring Expedition.

Vincennes Rendezvous – Experience Revolutionary Era food, merchants, battle enactments and encampments of the Northwest Alliance, along with more than 100 booths with re-enacters demonstrating early frontier skills and merchants selling period wares. You haven’t had the full Vincennes experience until you’ve visited the Vincennes Rendezvous.

Wabash River – Used as a means of transportation in the early days of our County.  Now a days it’s a focal point of our community, the Riverwalk and Kimmell Park.

Xavier: Old Cathedral – The current Old Cathedral was built in 1826, and stands on the site of three previous churches. The first was a crude log structure built about 1732, where the first Catholic parish in Indiana was formed. Four bishops are buried in the crypt of the current Cathedral, and the adjoining cemetery is the final resting place of over 4,000 early citizens of Vincennes.

You’ll love Vincennes! – Trust us.

Za’: Local Pizzerias – Where you get your pizza is a local feud. But don’t worry, we have plenty of pizzerias to choose from!

Fall Flavors Around Knox County

It might not feel like it, but Autumn is coming people! Festive seasonal flavors have started taking over some of our local restaurants and shops, and we’ve gathered a list so you can be sure to get your fix this fall. Be on the lookout for these seasonal specials in Knox County, and let us know what you think!

Photo courtesy of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop.

Sweet

Photo courtesy of Pea-Fections.

Savory

Photo courtesy of I’Mpressed Coffee.

Sip

Knox County Fall Bucket List

To help you enjoy all the fall has to offer, we’ve created this bucket list of things every Knox County resident and visitor should experience during this time of the year.

Visit Apple Hill Orchard

After the blazing hot summer we’ve had, there’s no doubt everyone will be welcoming the crisp autumn air with open arms. As the season changes to fall, it’s time to celebrate all of the goodies that come with it! A trip to Apple Hill Orchard is a fall must-do. Grab a fresh apple cider slushie and a homemade caramel apple. You can also buy a variety of apples by the bag, local honey and so much more.

Sample Fall Flavors

As we said earlier, the changing of a season also means bringing in all the seasonal goodies it has to offer. The “Vincennes Historic Farmers Market” is your one-stop-shop for all things produce. The Farmers Market is bursting with all your favorite seasonal foods like apples, pumpkins and pies of all kinds. But you better hurry, because the Farmers Market closes shop for the season at the end of October.

Pick a Pumpkin from Halters Market

When you’re looking for the picture perfect pumpkin to go on your front porch, head to Halters Market. During the fall season, they stock up with gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors.

Explore The Big Peach

You name it, they’ve got it. From produce to pie to honey and more, The Big Peach is sure to fulfill whatever your fall flavored craving may be. During the weekends in October, families can enjoy a fun festival including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house and games.

Pack a Picnic and Get Outdoors

The cooler air is coming, which will make it much more enjoyable to be outdoors. Stop by Jay C Food Stores or the Dutch Pantry for a sandwich from their deli. Once you’ve gathered all your picnic supplies there are plenty of picnic spots to choose from. Here are some of our favorite picnic spots.

Take in the Fall Scenery

Fall brings some of the most beautiful sights to Knox County, without a doubt. Be sure to take advantage of this season by enjoying the changing of the leaves. Here are five places you can go to catch some of the prettiest views in the county:

  • Ouabache Trails Park
  • Gregg Park
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  • Fox Ridge Nature Park
  • Rod and Gun Club Road

Weekend Round-Up

It’s the first weekend of September and that means Autumn on Main, the Kerry Kurt Phillips Concert, and so much more! Check out all the events happening in Knox County this weekend, and how you can take part in what this great city has to offer!

“Autumn on Main” & “First Friday” Art Walk – Main Street/Downtown Vincennes

Main Street comes alive at the annual “Autumn on Main” and the “First Friday” Art Walk on September 6! The much anticipated event includes great food by street vendors, beer and wine tasting, a classic vehicle show, live music, kids’ activities and more!

Stop in the Main Street galleries, Art Space Vincennes, Northwest Territory Art Guild, and the Open Gallery to browse through works of art in a variety of mediums. Many downtown businesses will remain open for shopping during the event.

Vincennes Historic Farmers Market

Take advantage of the fresh, local produce offered at the weekly Farmers Market! The market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers vendors artisan breads, fresh-cut flowers and general store specialty items from 8 AM – 1 PM at the Riverfront Pavilion.

Hoosier Cruisers Cruise-In & Car Show – Riverfront Pavilion & Gregg Park

The Hoosier Cruisers are hosting two great events in Vincennes this weekend! At 7:00pm on Saturday, September 7th, the club will cruise in their classic vehicles from Gregg Park to the Riverfront Pavilion and will be on site until 9:00pm.

On Sunday, September 8th, the classic vehicles will be on display at Gregg Park from 9:00am-2:00pm. All proceeds from the show go toward the annual kids’ shopping trip in October. The public is invited to join in the fun!

“Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night” – Green Activities Center, V.U. Campus

The 11th Annual Vincennes Stage Door Canteen USO Night will be on Saturday, September 7th at the Green Activities Center at Vincennes University. This year, they are helping raise money for the local Indiana Military Museum!

The Homecoming of Award-Winning Songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips – Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, V.U. Campus

Local award-winning songwriter, Kerry Kurt Phillips will perform at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center on Saturday, September 7 at 7:00pm. The audience is invited to participate during the FREE acoustic performance and Kerry Kurt will take questions and answers throughout the show.

Directly following, Phillips will sit and sign a special “hatch show print” poster for everyone in attendance. A screening of Ken Burn’s documentary, “Country Music” will kick off the evening. This program will air on PBS Sunday, September 15 at 8:00pm. This event is made possible by PBS WVUT.

Second Sunday Nature Walk – Ouabache Trails Park

“Fungi Foray” will be held at Ouabache Trails Park on September 8. Fungi appears in a vast variety of forms and colors which you could explore along the trail, looking for any types and learning some basics about it! Participants should meet at 2 PM in front of the park office.

Great Places to Picnic

 

Fall is coming, and we are ready for the cooler temps! Now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy nature with a picnic.  We’ve compiled a list of picnic spots in Knox County to get you started.

Gregg Park

Gregg Park is set on 40 acres and offers a walking trail, playground equipment and picnic tables, two shelter houses, as well as two tennis courts with lights, a sand volleyball court, a fenced-in area for horse shoes with eight clay horse shoe pits.

Ouabache Trails Park

Ouabache Trails Park is two miles north of Vincennes off of Ft. Knox Road.  The 254-acre park on the Wabash River features four miles of marked trails, picnic areas & playgrounds in a beautiful wooded setting.

Fox Ridge Nature Park

Fox Ridge Nature Park is a 95-acre public use nature park. The focus of the park is to allow the public a space for recreation, which means walking and hiking, bicycling, fishing and exploring the natural world that inhabits the park.  There are picnic tables and a shelter house on site for all your afternoon picnic needs.

River Walk, Downtown Vincennes

The River Walk offers a scenic view of the Wabash River. Spanning Main Street to Hart Street, this is the perfect place to observe nature, while also taking a break for that afternoon snack.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Nothing quite says Knox County like the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Take your lunch break at the park and enjoy the historic site. While you’re there, take a tour of the largest federal monument outside of Washington DC.  The park has tables near the parking lot.

Kimmell Park

Kimmell Park offers panoramic views of the Wabash River and an overlook with scenic stair-step seating leading to the water’s edge.  Park benches and picnic tables provide a perfect setting for a picnic on the river.  They’ve also recently added a new shelter house perfect for an afternoon picnic. Walking trails welcome students and the community to take in views of the river.

Get Reacquainted with Local History

Maybe you were born and raised here, or maybe you’re looking to visit. Getting reacquainted with local history is something easy that anyone can do, without driving hours away.

Fort Knox II

Fort Knox II was built in 1803, three miles north of Vincennes on the Wabash River. The fort’s location is outlined with short posts and interpretive markers which tell the story of the site.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

The park features a massive granite memorial which commemorates the conquest of the Old Northwest Territory. It is the largest national monument outside of Washington, D.C. The Memorial is located on the site of the former British Fort Sackville which was captured by Colonel George Rogers Clark and his army of 170 frontiersmen and Frenchmen.

The moment of the fort’s surrender on February 25, 1779 marks the birth of the United States north of the Ohio River. Docents are available to give tours during hours of operation. The park’s Visitor Center is handicap-accessible and features exhibits, a gift shop and a 30 minute movie presentation . *Unfortunately the monument is not handicap accessible.

Grouseland, President William Henry Harrison Mansion

Grouseland is the home of William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana territory, later ninth president of the United States. Built in 1803-1804, it was saved from destruction and restored by the Francis Vigo Chapter of the DAR in 1911. Grouseland was the focal point of the social and official life of the territory. Now open for tours, it is furnished with pieces from the time period including some of Harrison’s possessions.

Indiana Military Museum

The Indiana Military Museum has one of the most outstanding displays in the Midwest spanning the Civil War through WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and current engagements.

The newly-opened Annex exhibit space displays feature tanks, artillery and aircraft and the indoor museum showcases uniforms, flags, battlefield relics, captured enemy souvenirs, WWII toys, home front items and vehicles.

Exhibits include an authentic WWII Homefront and WWII barracks from George Field, military aircraft, vehicles, artillery, uniforms, related artifacts and more. The annex is included with museum admission. To begin your tour at the Indiana Military Museum, check in at the brick building.

Knox County Veteran Memorial Park

This impressive monument is dedicated to the veterans of Knox County who served in the civil war through current military engagements.

McGrady-Brockman House

The McGrady Brockman House is the Knox County Public Library’s history/genealogy center and the repository documents from the Old Northwest Territory as well as the Indiana Territory. Housed in the facility are the Library’s Historical Collection, genealogy materials from the Byron R. Lewis Historical library, the Francis Vigo chapter DAR library and original records from the Knox County Records library. The majority of Knox County’s records can be found in the building, as well as extensive published sources on other Indiana and Illinois counties, and on states such as Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North and South Carolina, that fed the migration to this area. When Knox County was created, it was not only a part of Indiana but also included Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and parts of Wisconsin.

Old Cathedral

The current Old Cathedral was built in 1826, and stands on the site of three previous churches. The first was a crude log structure built about 1732, where the first Catholic parish in Indiana was formed. Four bishops are buried in the crypt of the current Cathedral, and the adjoining cemetery is the final resting place of over 4,000 early citizens of Vincennes.

Located behind the Old Cathedral, is the oldest library in Indiana containing ten thousand rare volumes and documents. The oldest document in the collection is a Papal Bull issued by Pope John XXII, dated 1319. The oldest book is a 13th century illuminated manuscript volume on vellum of the Officium Sanctae Mariae. Artifacts on display include prehistoric stone tools, 18th and 19th century maps and paintings, Governor William Henry Harrison’s peace pipe, Shawnee Warrior Tecumseh’s war club, various chalices, Abraham Lincoln’s campaign banner and many other items too numerous to mention.

Old French House & Indian Museum

The Old French House is an excellent example of French Creole architecture. Home of Michael Brouillet, built in 1809, and furnished much as it would have been in that period. The Old French House is operated by the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

 

Old State Bank

The Old State Bank was the Vincennes branch of the State Bank of Indiana in 1838 and is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture with massive Doric columns and triangular pediment.

Vincennes State Historic Sites

The original territorial capitol 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 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 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.

Antiquing Shopping Guide

Knox County has a variety of unique shops, especially when it comes to antiquing. From vinyl classics to high-end collectables, make sure to check out Vincennes/Knox County’s best antique shops to score some one of a kind treasures.

104 Antiques

Cozy antique store in downtown Vincennes brimming with great finds for everyone!

Gavs Restorations, Antiques & Collectables

Features beautifully restored gasoline pumps and more. Browse through the charming array of antiques to find your perfect gift!

Kathy’s Corner Emporium

Brimming with antiques, collectibles, electronics and gently-used items on consignment. If you do not see what you are looking for, ask Kathy to put your name on her wish list and she will look for it for you! The variety of items changes weekly and booth rentals are available.

Shakers’ Landing & Old Northwest Framery

Come and browse this extensive antique mall featuring everything from primatives to military relics. In addition, Shakers’ Landing offers antique rentals for your next event or wedding. Custom picture framing is available by the Old Northwest Framery which is also located in the mall.