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

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

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.

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