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

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

Vincennes Rendezvous

The 42nd Annual Rendezvous will be held next weekend on May 26-27, 2018. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the American Revolutionary War period! This year’s theme is the French Marines. All of the old favorites are back including Creek Fried Potatoes, the Amazing Budabi Brothers jugglers and more!

New this year is a French citizen of Vincennes camp who will portray the early French of Vincennes. This will also include some French Marines who were the military force on the frontier. Vincennes founder Sieur de Vincennes was a French Marine officer and a statue will be dedicated in his honor on Saturday at 2pm on the Riverwalk located at 1st and Main Streets.

Battle re-enactments will be held on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm and on Sunday at noon and 3:30pm.

The ever popular candlelight tours of Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites will take place on Saturday evening.

Two day advance buttons can be purchased at the Visitors Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and local banks. Buttons also serve as a pass for shuttle service to the State Historic Sites and Grouseland during the event.

For more information visit, https://www.spiritofvincennes.org/

National Tourism Week

National Travel and Tourism week is held annually the first full week of May and is celebrated locally with an event to bring awareness of the importance of tourism in our community.  The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors Bureau is participating in the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s Visit Indiana Week.  The Indiana Military Museum and Red Skelton Museum are offering discounts during the week to encourage travelers to get out and discover our local attractions during Museum Monday.  Find out more about Visit Indiana Week at visitindiana.com.

The Vincennes/Knox County Visitors and Tourism Bureau has partnered with the Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation, INVin and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce for a Chamber After Hours on Thursday, May 10th.  The event is held in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week and Preservation month.  A guided architecture tour of Main Street will begin at the Knox County Courthouse, proceed down to Main Street and conclude at the Riverwalk with a reception and live music.  Walking tours start at 5pm and 5:30pm and a carriage tour sponsored by Old National Bank will begin at 5:15pm.  The reception will begin at 5:30pm and conclude at 7pm.  Please join us for this event!

Knox County hosted just over a million visitors according to our most recent tourism economic impact study.  Furthermore, the tourism and travel industry contributed $81.1 million to the local economy.

Get Out and Moving!

It seems like spring is peeking around the corner and it’s a great time to get out and get some fresh air!  Hop onto our beautiful Riverwalk at Main or Hart Streets and enjoy the view of the Wabash. Stroll the ground of the George Rogers Clark NHP and hop on the riverside walking trail to walk down to Kimmell Park.  Let the kids play at Gregg Park or take a brisk walk on the Vaughn Walking Trail.  Look for signs of spring at Ouabache Trails Park while hiking the trails in a serene woodland setting.  If you are feeling really adventurous head out to Fox Ridge Nature Park the former golf course offers challenging walking trails in a natural setting.  Take your canine companion to the Knox County Dog Park to burn off some energy! The dog park is located at Hillcreast Park and all dogs must be cleared by the Vincennes Animal Shelter before visiting the park.

Get out and enjoy the long awaited Spring weather!

Rain, Rain Go Away But Until Then

This Spring season is off to a rainy start.  The forecast shows more rain to come but do not let that keep you indoors.  There are still plenty of opportunities for fun in Vincennes/Knox County! We have compiled a list of rainy day ideas to help you get started.

 

Track down your ancestors at the McGrady Brockman Genealogical Research Center

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy Shop

Brush up on your Indiana history by visiting our local historic sites including the George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland – Wm. H. Harrison Mansion and Museum and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Laugh out loud at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy.  The 3500 square foot fully interactive museum is fun for all ages.

Go on a treasure hunt at our local antique stores.

Get some retail therapy by shopping the downtown Main Street shops.

Take the day off from the kitchen and have lunch or dinner at one of local restaurants.

Warm up with a cup of coffee at Impressed.  Bring a book or your laptop and stay awhile.

Feed your creative side at the downtown art galleries; Art Space, Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Gallery.

Dine at the Melon Patch’s Delish Deli then shop the gift shop. Don’t forget to sample the delicious homemade fudge.

Visit the Knox County Public Library to rent the latest book or movie release.

Check out one of the most extensive collections of military artifacts at the Indiana Military Museum.

 

Don’t let the rain keep you indoors or away, get out and explore all that Knox County has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Comfort Yourself

With cooler temperatures back, it is a good time to warm you up with some good old fashioned comfort food.  Knox County has many options for comfort food.  Here is a list to get you started…

Dogwood BBQ – offers smoked pork and chicken as well as an Amish style food buffet.

Dot’s – offers plate lunch specials daily including Meatloaf, Beef Manhattan, Chicken and Noodles and more.  In addition they have a full menu of sandwiches, soup and salads.

Montana Mike’s – If meat is your comfort food of choice Mike’s has you covered.  Offering a complete menu of beef, pork, chicken and seafood,  add a side of mashed potatoes and you are all set.

The Melon Patch Delish Deli – just up Highway 41, the Melon Patch has daily hot lunch specials including Ham and Beans complete with cornbread as well as their salad and sandwich menu.

March On Down Main Street

Welcome the Spring season downtown!   Participating galleries have new exhibitions with many varied forms of art, Friday, March 2 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.  Art Space Vincennes LLC will open “Place or NonPlace: Paintings by Courtland Blade”.  Indianapolis artist Courtland Blade earned his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  He will show oil paintings some of which explore ideas of place-making, and others that investigate the idea of “non-place”.

The Northwest Territory Art Guild will feature works by Olney, Illinois artist Mary Pat Nash. Nash is an experienced and versatile watercolor artist who has also been experimenting with collage in recent years. Other seasonally-themed art and craft items created by guild members will be on display and for sale.

The Open Gallery will present Imagine the People, paintings by Bob Mathews. Omaha-based physician Mathews is largely self-taught and has exhibited his work widely across the U.S. He will be on hand to discuss his exhibit at the First Friday event.

The Shircliff Gallery will introduce the work of Texas mixed-media artist Samantha Parker Salazar. Parker Salazar creates large-scale installations and works on paper resulting is environments that play with light and shadow. Parker Salazar will present an artist’s talk Friday, March 16 at 11:00am at the gallery.

Make and evening, dine and shop downtown!  Several businesses are open for First Friday as well as our downtown restaurants.

Presidents in Knox County

In honor of President’s Day, here is a list of Presidents that have visited Knox County.   William Henry Harrison was governor of the Indiana Territory and later the 9th U.S. President. His home, Grouseland, remains open to the public in Vincennes.

It is said that President Abraham Lincoln stayed in two different homes in Vincennes around the 1840’s.  Local attorney, Cyrus Allen was a personal friend of his and Lincoln was a guest at the Allen Mansion, now Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home.

Vincennes Mayor, Abner T. Ellis, hosted Lincoln while he was in town campaigning for Henry Clay.  Today the Harmony Society occupies the Ellis Mansion.

In June of 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Vincennes to dedicate the George Rogers Clark Memorial.  In July of 1966, Lyndon Johnson came to the Memorial for a celebration designating the site as a member of the National Park Service.

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!