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

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

Memorial Day Roundup

The Historic Vincennes Farmers Market opens for the season this Saturday morning May 25th.  Enjoy the market on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings through October 26, weather permitting, at the Riverfront Pavilion 102 N. Second Street.  From 8:00am – 1:00pm, the Saturday market will offer freshly picked produce from local farmers, vendors with artisan breads, fresh-cut flowers and “General Store” specialty items. On Wednesday from 4:00pm – 7:30pm, the market continues with more fresh produce, a local favorite food vendor, Bobe-B-Q and much more!

Take a step back in time and surround yourself with the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the American Revolutionary War period during the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous held at the French Commons Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy authentic food prepared over open fires and browse through merchant tents that offer goods relative to the time period. A continuous line up of entertainment is offered and varies from year to year including battle re-enactments, period music, fire eaters, story tellers and more!

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will be showing a special production from the Red Skelton Hour during Rendezvous weekend. Red Skelton had a television show from 1951-1971 and every year he had a special episode for Christmas. In the 1968 episode, Red re-enacts a soldier in the Revolutionary War at Valley Forge in a sketch called “A Christmas Story 1777”. The museum will be showing Red Skelton’s sketch “Christmas 1777” on a loop in the REDucation room on Saturday and Sunday during regular business hours, museum admission is required to view the sketch.  The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy is offering a $2 discount to all visitors wearing a Rendezvous button during Memorial Day weekend.

As part of the “Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous” celebration, the staff of William Henry Harrison’s mansion – Grouseland, along with volunteers will provide tours by candlelight on the evening of Saturday, May 26 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

Considering visiting the Indiana Military Museum on Memorial Day and honor those lost during active military duty.   The museum is open 10am to 4pm daily.

Weekend Happenings

The 20th Annual “Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale” will be held Friday – Sunday, May 17-19. Knox County residents living along or near Old U.S. Highway 50 and new U.S. Highway 50 have the opportunity to take part in the coast-to-coast sale. There are no set hours for the weekend yard sales and interested sellers or buyers should visit the  Route 50 Yardsale website.

Get ready for the “First City Brewfest” on Saturday, May 18th, the event marks Vincennes’ First Craft Brew Tasting Festival! The festival will be held on the French Commons Grounds, located just south of the George Rogers Clark Memorial. Twenty craft breweries and cider companies from across the Midwest, both regionally and locally will showcase a wide variety of different craft brew types. The festival will also host a home brew competition, with “Backyard Style” judging, meaning the winner will be voted on by the crowd the day of the event. Enjoy great live music from Vincennes resident Hannah Swan and Knox County natives, Jasper and Lincoln Smith. A wide variety of local food trucks and vendors will be on site, along with “Coffee Trike’s” inaugural visit to the area. Admission will give you access to unlimited (drink responsibly) 3 oz. samples of all the breweries and home-brew creations, access to the music performers and vendors. For tickets and up to date information on the event please visit the event website. Firstcitybrewfest.com. *VIP entry at noon, general admission at 1:00pm and last pour at 4:30pm.  Must be 21 to enter the event.

Tired of cooking?  Head to the Blue Jeans Community Center on Sunday May 19th for lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The menu includes Stuffed Pasta Shells, Spaghetti & Meat Balls and Ham and Cheese Sliders (for those who don’t like Pasta), Italian Green Beans, Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Onion Salad and Garlic Bread. SUGGESTED DONATION is $9:00/person. Carry out is available. The Blue Jeans Center is located at 1242 Main Street, Monroe City.  All proceeds help to keep the Center open.

Visit Indiana Week 2019

Celebrate National Tourism Week in Indiana!  The Indiana Office of Tourism has a great line up to help you get out and start exploring our great state.

May 6 is Get Moving Monday and you’re encouraged to get out and explore the Hoosier State. From zip lines, bikes and canoes to caves, trails and nature preserves, there are numerous ways to find adventure in Indiana, and many of them are free of charge. Plan your next excursion on Get Moving Monday.

Tasty Tuesday will see discounts at more than 30 restaurants and eateries around the state on May 7. From burgers, tenderloins and steak to ice cream, pie and fro-yo, Tasty Tuesday will be a culinary celebration of the Hoosier State that everyone can enjoy. See which eateries are offering special deals by clicking here.

Wayback Wednesday celebrates Indiana’s historical destinations with discounts at more than 60 locations around the Hoosier State on May 8. Founded in 1816, Indiana’s history dates back even further than that. From national memorials and incredible museums to military marvels and state historic sites, there are so many stories to be told and history lessons to be learned on Wayback Wednesday.

Thirsty Thursday is the perfect excuse to enjoy a craft brew, artisan spirit or local wine on May 9. A fast-growing industry, Indiana establishments annually bring home national awards for their wines, brews and spirits. With discounts at locations around the state, Thirsty Thursday is a great day to get out and sample local beverages.

Set out for an adventure on Family Fun Friday, May 10. More than 50 attractions across the state can be enjoyed at a discount or for free in celebration of Visit Indiana Week. Outdoor adventure, indoor artistic exploration and much more await your family on Family Fun Friday.

Make dessert the main course on Sweet Saturday, May 11. Just like dessert comes at the end of a meal, Visit Indiana Week 2019 will come to a sweet conclusion with sweets available at a discount across the Hoosier State! Satisfy your sweet tooth on Sweet Saturday!

There are many places to celebrate locally each day.  On Thursday, May 9th the Visitors Bureau is hosting a Chamber After Hours at the McGrady Brockman House regional history/genealogy research center from 4pm to 6pm.  Guests can view Uncle Billy Green’s collection of paintings and newly digitized documents from as early as the 1790’s.  Enjoy live music and a hors d’oeuvres reception.  Follow our social media channels for daily posts.

Rain in the Forecast? No Problem!

Rain is in the forecast for this weekend and into next week.  April showers bring May flowers right?!  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.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy Shop or Pea-fections.

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.

Track down your ancestors at the McGrady Brockman Genealogical Research Center

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 Graze 1885.  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 and check out 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.

Weekend Happenings

Kickoff the Easter weekend at Bicknell’s Friday Night Flashlight “Eggstrvaganza” located at Northside Park in Bicknell. This FREE event is open to children ages 10 – 17 and will begin at dark around 8:30pm. Participants must bring their own basket and flashlight. Enjoy candy and prizes! For more information, please call 812.381.4583.

On Saturday April 20th hop on down to Gregg Park and join the fun at the Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt! Children will be divided into four age groups, registration begins at 10:00am and the hunt starts at 10:30am. Register for great prizes and bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny! For more information please call the VPRD Office at 812.882.1140.

National Parks Week will be celebrated at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park on Saturday as well.  From 11am to 4 pm Park volunteers will be offering a variety of demonstrations throughout the day including historic weapons demonstrations, cooking, and many more. The day also serves as National Junior Ranger Day and Junior Rangers are invited to the park to complete the parks Junior Ranger activity sheet and earn a badge.

Step into Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early spring wildflowers are starting to appear, new ferns are beginning to unfurl, animals and birds are becoming livelier. Join Naturalist Terri Talarek King on a casual spring stroll to take in what is happening in nature during early spring, at Ouabache Trails Park, just north of Vincennes, on April 14, 2019. During spring, Ouabache Trails Park displays an abundance of wildflowers in a parade of many different species throughout the season. Meet in front of the park office at 2:00pm Eastern time. The walk will stop at the Lynn Wiseman Butterfly Garden, then start on Trail 1, an easy trail. It will continue on Trail 2, which has some steep slopes, and perhaps further. The walk will take 1.5 to 2 hours and will proceed rain or shine. All ages are welcome, families are encouraged to attend and there is no fee or registration. The “Spring Stroll” is part of the Second Sunday Nature Explorations series for 2019. For more information, email leapingfrog55@yahoo.com or leave a voice message at 812-881-8987. To see a park trail map, go to http://www.knoxcountyparks.com or pick up a brochure at the park office.

Weekend Happenings

STEP OUT TO THESE GREAT EVENTS THIS WEEKEND…

This last weekend of March features two family-friendly events you won’t want to miss.  On Saturday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 9:00am – 4:00pm, the Indiana Military Museum is hosting a living history event paying tribute to “The Great War”, WWI.  Hundreds of WWI artifacts will be on exhibit including a 100-yard re-created WWI trench, artillery, vehicles and living history displays. Battles will be re-enacted both days with representatives of Allied and German troops. FREE admission to outdoor events! Visit the Indiana Military Museum website for more information on the museum and upcoming events.

Also on Saturday, the rangers of George Rogers Clark and volunteers are providing the public with an opportunity to fly your kite into the sky at Kite Day! Participants are welcome to bring their own kites or make one at the park, kite kits are limited. Contact the park staff at 812.882.1776 extension 210 with any questions.

Come to see these impressive museums and what they have to offer!

Second Sunday Nature Exploration Walks

We have had plenty of winter weather, but is spring far behind?

Join local Naturalist Terri Talarek King at Ouabache Trails Park for a causal walk to look for any signs of spring along the way! The “Lookin’ for the Green” Nature Exploration Walk, on Sunday, March 10, will start at 2:00 ET at the Sacajawea Shelter House, at the back of the lower loop road. The walk will use trails 6, 5, and 4 and will take 1.5 to 2 hours. Participants should be prepared for wet or muddy places and some steep slopes.

Magnifying lenses will be very useful on this walk. Participants are encouraged to bring their own as a limited number are will be provided.

All ages are welcome, and families encouraged to attend.  No fee or registration is required.

Second Sunday Nature Exploration walks are offered to give people an opportunity to enjoy being out in nature and to learn and share with others. Each walk has a different theme, which can be general or specific, to help participants focus on a certain aspect of nature during different times of the year though the walks are always open to what the participants see, hear, and experience. Walks occur on various trails and areas of the park, exploring different ecosystems and habitats, according to the theme of the day. Minimal, if any, materials are used. Rather than being hikes, all the walks are slow and casual, ranging from easy to more challenging terrain.

To see a trail map, go to the Knox County Parks and Recreation’s website or pick up a brochure at the park.

For more information about the walk or the series, contact Terri Talarek King via email or leave a voice message at 812-881-8987.

Photo and information submitted by Terri Talarek King

First Friday Art Walk

Shake off your winter doldrums by welcoming the first day of March and the “First Friday” Art Walk of the year!  From 5:00pm – 8:00pm, the three downtown galleries and the V.U. Shircliff Gallery will be open for public to enjoy new art exhibits, beverages and light refreshments.  Art Space, 521 Main, will present “Time Transfixed: Artworks by Curt Uebelhor”.  Uebelhor constructs intriguing collages from a wide array of collected found materials. The Northwest Territory Art Guild, 316 Main, will showcase the work of accomplished watercolor artist Sherry Cummins. A native of Oaktown, Ms. Cummins has trained under well-known local artists Bill Updegraff, Bill Meyer and Nancy Ford.  The Open Gallery, 329 Main, will present “In the Garden”, an exhibition of outstanding watercolor paintings by John DeCoursey.  To celebrate the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the Open Gallery Players will entertain with lively Irish music.  The Shircliff Gallery, First & Harrison Streets, welcomes new exhibits, “Synthesis”, the digital artworks of H. Jennings Sheffield, projects from “The Collective Glitch” and Natalie Tyree’s works from her series “Millennial Tweets”.

A number of downtown merchants and restaurants will also be open during the event including Pretty Posies, 317 Main.  Sample Pretty Posie’s gourmet items and enjoy 20% off all food items during the evening!!!

Celebrating George Rogers Clark and his Accomplishments

Kick off the 240th anniversary celebration of the capture of British-held Fort Sackville by Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark, the public is invited to three events hosted by George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.

A program on early Vincennes financier, Francis Vigo will be presented by Dr. David Nichols on Friday, February 22. During the program, Dr. Nichols, an Associate Professor of History at Indiana State University will focus on Francis Vigo and the vital role that he played in Clark’s campaign. The presentation will take place at 6:30pm (ET) at the George Rogers Clark Visitor Center, 401 S. 2nd Street.

In 1779, Lt. Col. George Rogers Clark captured British-held Fort Sackville in Vincennes. The public is invited to take part in the experience of one of the greatest feats in the American Revolution on Saturday, February 23. During the Clark March, participants will have the opportunity to engage in the annually-held five-mile walk or 12-mile walk.  For more information and to reserve your spot on the buses for either walk, please contact the visitor center at 812-882-1776 x. 1210.
Also marking George Rogers Clark’s great victory, the rangers of George Rogers Clark NHP invite the public to tour the battlefield of 240 years ago. This program will be presented at 5:00pm (ET) on Saturday, February 23 behind the George Rogers Clark Visitor Center. Tours of the battlefield will be conducted highlighted by talking with different participants involved in the battle. A historic weapons demonstration will be included in the program.
The 240th Anniversary of the siege and the surrender of British Fort Sackville ceremony will be conducted 11:00am (ET) in the rotunda of the George Rogers Clark Memorial, 401 S. 2nd Street. The program includes the presentation of colors by the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard, patriotic tunes being sung by Juliet Gilchrist of Vincennes University’s Music Department, and a presentation pertaining to the Clark Memorial by National Park Service Rangers Joe Herron and Jason Collins. The public is invited to the free event.

The Annual Clark Day Luncheon will follow directly after the ceremony at St. Francis Xavier/Old Cathedral Parish Center (106 S. Third Street). The cost of the luncheon is $13/person; a drink and dessert are included with the meal. For tickets, please call Dennis Latta at 812.726.5333. *Reservation deadline is Saturday, February 23, 5:00pm.