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

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

4th of July Happenings

Are you looking for last minute plans for the 4th? Look no further. Vincennes/Knox County will be jam-packed with events going on all across town, so be sure to get out there and celebrate!

The Vincennes Brewing Company

Come celebrate America’s birthday with the VBC! They open at 11AM and stay open until midnight with special food and drink specials. Their modified menu will have items like pulled pork sandwiches, chili (beer) cheese dogs, hot dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw!

Old Chicago Vincennes

New to Vincennes, Old Chicago will host Mank & Sass on Wednesday, July 4th at 9PM. Mank & Sass are sure to steal hearts and blow minds with their acoustic funk/blues duo. Come for the music, stay for the food.

4th of July Parade & Fireworks Display

The Annual 4th of July Parade and Fireworks in Downtown Vincennes is back! Everyone is invited to come watch the parade make its way through town beginning at 6PM. Starting at Second and Harts Streets, travel on Hart to Seventh Street, continuing on Seventh to Main Street, down Main to Second Street, and then right on Second to pass the reviewing stand at the Old State Bank. Fireworks will begin at dusk!

Fourth of July “After Parade Social” at Grouseland, William Henry Harrison Mansion

Keep the celebration rolling and bring family, and your appetite, to the William Henry Harrison’s Mansion after the parade! Grouseland will be selling pulled pork sandwich meals and the Lions Club will have ice cream available for sale. Stay and watch the fireworks from the lawn of this historic home!

Celebrate Summer in Knox County!

It’s officially summer! How do you plan on spending the rest of those hot days in the sun? Don’t worry, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty to offer this time of year! Here’s a list of things you won’t want to miss out on this summer.

Night Under the Stars w/ Junior Rangers

Join the staff and volunteers of George Rogers Clark National Historical Park for this special Junior Ranger event as they explore the night sky. This event takes place on Saturday, September 15th at 7:30 PM

Nature Walk

Vincennes/Knox County is home to natural hiking trails that are unlike any other! Ouabache (Wabash) Trails features four miles of marked trails. Fox Ridge Nature Park allows the public a place to enjoy the natural world that inhabits the park.

Berry Picking

Blann Berries offers 30 acres of mixed berry varieties to insure a consistent quality of fruit. U-Pick or We-Pick options are both available for your convenience.

Eat Some Good Food

Choose from local favorites or popular food chains. We always recommend eating at one of our locally-owned restaurants. Here’s a list of our dining options!

Farmers Market

Come enjoy the Vincennes Historic Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, now until October 27 at the Riverfront Pavilion. The Saturday market offers freshly picked produce from local farmers, local vendors, fresh cut flowers and some specialty “General Store” items. The Wednesday market hosts a local favorite Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Cool Off

Be sure to check out our Places to Cool Off blog post for ideas on how to stay cool this summer in Vincennes/Knox County!

Visit Red

Now until September 2, come to the Red Skelton Museum for a special exhibit to learn about Red’s major career breaks, his vacation spots and special keys to the city. This display can be seen during regular museum hours. You don’t want to miss this!

Ice Cream

You can’t forget about ice cream! Head over to Lic’s Deli & Ice Cream to enjoy one of their famous turtle pies, or check out Swirls to create your own frozen yogurt concoction.

Go Fishing

Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both offer stocked lakes to fish in. Camp Arthur has boat rentals available on site, and New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop. If you’re looking for a more secluded fishing experience, try the public access areas along the Wabash River.

Take a Dip

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is a great public pool with water slides, concession areas and other attractions featuring a splash pad, wall climbing, and an activity center! This is the perfect place to take the kids and cool off.

Listen to Some Tunes

Live music can be found at The Vincennes Brewing Company, Café Moonlight, Old Town Players, Willies Pub and the Moose Lodge. Musical acts vary depending on the day of the week.

 

Looking for something that isn’t on our list? Be sure to check out our list of events so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Camping: The Ultimate Staycation

If you’re anything like us, summer is our busiest season of the year. Between running the kids where they need to go and working that daily 8-5 job, it can be difficult, not to mention expensive, to try and plan a vacation away from home. Luckily, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty of great campgrounds available to help you have the perfect weekend getaway, without having to travel too far.

Camping is good for the mind, body, and soul. It is important for you to spend some time in the great outdoors and soak up some Vitamin D, something you might not get a lot of if you spend most of your time indoors. Camping can help you sleep and also help you disconnect from your devices for a day or two.

Some features that our campgrounds offer are:

Fishing
Camp Arthur and New Vision RV Park both have stocked fishing lakes available. Camp Arthur offers boat rentals including paddle boats, as well as rowboats and canoes. New Vision has its’ own bait, tackle and gift shop on site for your convenience.

Stay Local
All three of our campgrounds are located within at least 20 miles of Vincennes, making any one of these locations the perfect place for a “staycation”.

Family Friendly
Camping is something fun to do with the entire family. All three of our campgrounds are family friendly, all having their own special attractions and events. Camp Arthur has activities such as paintball/airsoft and walking trails. Ouabache (Wabash) Trails has multiple shelter houses available to rent for birthday parties or family reunions, as well a nice picnic area. New Vision also offers picnic tables throughout the campgrounds.

Tent Sites
Ouabache (Wabash) Trails Park offers 35 electric sites, along with nine tent sites. New Vision also has tents and tables available on location.

Walking Trails
If you’re not looking to spend a whole weekend camping, but want to get outside and do some exploring, these campgrounds are still ideal for you. All of these campgrounds consist of large acre areas that are perfect for hiking.

The Vincennes/Knox County campgrounds each offer their own unique experience for people of all ages. We hope you enjoy your staycation and return home a happy camper!

Places to Cool Off

Indiana weather is at it again, this time bringing us a heat wave. If you’re looking for a cold treat or somewhere to cool down, Vincennes/Knox County has plenty of options for you! Here’s a list of some places to go if you’re looking for something cold this summer.

Grab some frozen yogurt at Vincennes’ newest locally owned business: Swirls! They have over 15 different flavors of frozen yogurt and 38 toppings to choose from. A visit to Swirls and you’ll leave refreshed and satisfied.

Stop by Windy Knoll Winery for one of their famous wine slushies! They use a neutral base for all their slushies, so you can enjoy whichever flavor strikes your fancy when you’re at the winery.

Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is sure to help you cool down on a hot summer day. They offer “Tot Time” for children five and under, as well as both open swim and lap swim. With attractions like “Misty Bay Spray Park” and the “Kid’s Cove Activity Pool”, Rainbow Beach is sure to help you make a splash!

Who says you can’t drink coffee in the summer? I’Mpressed Coffee has a menu packed full of cold, delicious drinks that are certain to satisfy your coffee craving. They offer coffee and non-coffee infused drinks. We recommend the iced caramel macchiato.

Head over to the Knox County Public Library for a quiet, cool location to take a breather. Bring the kids and check out the Youth Department to get them signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program!

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

Rain can really throw a wrench in summer plans, but it doesn’t have to! 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.