In honor of President’s Day, Knox County acknowledges the Presidents who graced us with their presence. 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.
Vincennes’ own Red Skelton had contact with many Presidents throughout his career. The Red Skelton Museum has a special exhibit highlighting those events open until March 31st. There will be a reception on Monday, February 20th from 5pm to 7pm.