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

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

Six More Weeks of Winter

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means we can expect six more weeks of winter weather.  To help you pass the time we have put together a list of Winter Activities to consider.

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park or take a stroll on the Riverwalk.

Take in a production at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center or other local theater.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave laughing.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink at I’Mpressed Coffee Shop.

Take a swim at the YMCA during open swim times.  Membership is required, visit their website or app for swim times.

Feed your creative side at one of the downtown art galleries.  Exhibits are changed regularly and many pieces are available for sale.

Check out a new book at the Knox County Public Library.  Stay and read or cuddle up with the book at home.

Brush up on your Indiana history by touring our local historic sites, George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland, and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  George Rogers Clark has free admission.

Meet a friend at the newly opened Vincennes Brewing Company or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit either location.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through current military engagements.

Ladies can get some retail therapy shopping downtown at several of the new boutiques and some of their old favorites too!

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2018 Indiana Festival or Travel guides and explore our great state!

New Year, New Opportunity

We are well into 2018 and have already had our first big snow of winter.  For your convenience, we have compiled a list of new local businesses.  If you haven’t already done so, check them out.

The Hampton Inn is now open for guests!  Located off of Hart Street at 2863 Ford Road.

1972 has something for everyone!  Open Monday through Saturday at 711 Old Wheatland Road.  Basketball, rock climbing, karaoke, laser tag and art classes to name a few.  Admission is charged.

If getting fit in the new year is your resolution, check out Planet Fitness or Lester Square Fitness Park (weather permitting).

Yamato Steakhouse opened in the 6th Street Plaza, serving Japanese fare and Sushi Hibachi.

The Vincennes Brewing Company, pictured above, specializes in craft brews.  Located in the heart of downtown at 124 Main Street.

Several new ladies boutiques have opened downtown in the last year.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be we hope that 2018 will be a great year for you!

New Years Eve Drop

On New Years Eve 18 watermelons will fall to the splatform at the stoke of midnight followed by fireworks at the Watermelon Drop in Vincennes!  Located on Patrick Henry Square at First and Main Streets, the celebration will feature music by The Coatney’s, led by Casey James Coatney, beginning at 9 p.m. in a giant heated tent.  Bring your friends and family to ring in the new year!

Light up your Holidays

Here is a list of free community holiday light displays you won’t want to miss this season.

The Knox County Park Department’s annual light display at Ouabache Trail Park is open daily from 5:30pm to 9:30pm though the 26th of December.  Several new displays have been added to everyone’s old favorites!  Donations are appreciated but not required.  Stop at the Santa Shack before exiting and get a sucker for the kiddos.

Gregg Park’s annual light pole decorating is now up through January 1st.  Enjoy different themed decorations on each pole provided by local businesses and citizens.  View other decorations throughout the park.

See the giant community tree downtown Vincennes on Gimbel Corner.  This year’s theme is a Charlie Brown Christmas.  You will feel as if you’re in the movie with Charlie Brown and all his friends gathered around the tree.

Bicknell’s Northside Park on Highway 67 is lit up for the holidays and is open daily through January 1st.  The park has added new displays this year.

Santa Claus is coming to town…

 

Looking to see the big guy himself?  We have compiled a list of places and times that you can visit St. Nick.

Indiana Military Museum on Saturday, December 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

South Knox Craft Show at South Knox Elementary on Saturday, December 9th 10am to 2pm

Blue Jeans Center in Monroe City on Friday, December 15th at 6pm

Ouabache Trails Park on December 15th and 16th 6pm to 9:30pm

Red Skelton Museum on Sunday, December 17th from noon until 5pm

 

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas season!

Kick off the Holiday Season this Weekend

Main Street and downtown business windows have been decked for the season in preparation of the Christmas Stroll!  Plan to attend the “Parade of Lights” on Friday night at 6:30pm.  The parade most anticipated entry is Santa himself!  Directly after the parade children can visit with him and have their photo taken at Thursday Church. Downtown merchants will stay open late so you can shop your Christmas list while enjoying refreshments.

On Saturday, have “Breakfast with Santa” at the Old Cathedral Parish Center from 8am to 11am.  Santa will be available to hear the children’s Christmas wish list and for photos.  Bundle up and take a carriage ride with Santa, board at 5th & Main Streets, from 11am to 2pm.  Participating Main Street merchants are offering the annual “Recipe Walk”, visit their store to sample their favorite recipe and pick up the recipe card.

US Mint Quarter Ceremony in Vincennes

The United States Mint will release the 40th quarter in the America the Beautiful collection.  A ceremony marking the coin’s release will be held at the Riverfront Pavilion, 102 North 2nd Street, Vincennes on Tuesday, November 14th at 10am with a coin exchange immediately following.  The Indiana quarter features George Rogers Clark and his men crossing the flooded Wabash.  Clark’s daring surprise capture of the British Fort Sackville is considered one of the greatest feats of the American Revolutionary War.  The capture successfully limited British control of the region and was instrumental in the subsequent establishment of the Northwest Territory and American expansion west of the Appalachians.  This is the second quarter celebrating Indiana released by the US Mint in recent years.

A Coin Forum will be held by the United States Mint the evening before the ceremony on Monday, November 13th at 6pm at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Visitors Center.   The park is located at 401 South 2nd Street in Vincennes and features a massive granite memorial located on the former Fort Sackville.  The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

 

Weekend Happenings

Kick off the Holiday Season downtown Vincennes! During November’s “First Friday” the Main Street art galleries and downtown merchants will welcome the start of the holiday season on Friday, November 3 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm with the Art Walk and Christmas Open Houses its a perfect time to start your Christmas shopping.  Art Space Vincennes, The Northwest Territory Art Guild, and the Open Gallery will feature new exhibits and offer refreshments.

Fort Knox II is the site for the 19th Annual “Muster on the Wabash”, visitors witness the commemoration of William Henry Harrison’s mustering of troops to the Prophetstown campaign and Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Enjoy interactive events, more than 150 period re-enactors of the war of 1812, demonstrations, skits, merchandise and food. The “Muster” will be held on Saturday, November 4, 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday, November 5, 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Wrap up the weekend by attending, “On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and the Radio Stars of the 1940’s” Sunday, October 7 at 7:30pm at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. “On the Air” will offer insight into radio’s impact on the public before television became the new medium. Tickets are $10/each and can be purchased at the Red Skelton Museum, 812.888.4184.

Last Chance for the Season

This weekend is the last Saturday of the season for the Farmers Market at the Riverfront Pavilion.  Pick up your favorite fall produce and decor.  The market is open from 8am to 1pm.

The Big Peach’s Fun Festival will wrap up this weekend as well.  Take the kids for the corn maze, bounce house and other fun activities.  Shop a variety of fresh produce, pumpkins, mums and fall decorations as well as jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, and more.

Happy Fall!

Weekend Happenings

The Big Peach Fall Fun Festival continues!  Each weekend in October this family-owned farm market will host a fun festival complete with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, bounce house, and games.  The Big Peach is open daily May through October and offers a variety of fresh produce, pumpkins, mums and fall decorations as well as jams & jellies, local honey, embroidery items, homemade pies, gift items, fudge, and more.

“Fort Fright”, the annual Halloween program of the Vincennes State Historic Sites will be held Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at historic Fort Knox II. The first part of the program is for younger children with fun activities, games and a hay ride. The second part is for older children and adults with haunted trails and dramatic stations following a literary or historical theme.

On Saturday, October 14 the Annual Walnut Grove Festival will be held at Grouseland, Wm. H. Harrison Mansion and Museum.  Saturday, October 14 from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Enjoy food, fun, music and vendors of all kinds.  Just up the road Apple Hill Orchard’s will have their Fall Festival from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Lunch will be served from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Watch the staff press cider, join the apple and cider tasting. Children can enjoy a bounce house and pick out a pumpkin to paint (must purchase pumpkin). Baked goods including donuts, pies and cakes will be available all day.