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

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

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.

Two Big Museum Additions

This week Vincennes has two big openings at the local museums.

The Indiana Military Museum opened its Annex exhibit space.  The 22,000 square foot space spans WWI through post Vietnam War.  Exhibits include an authentic WWII homefront and WWII barracks from George Field, military aircraft, vehicles, artillery, uniforms, related artifacts and more.  The annex is included with museum admission.  Visit the museum’s website for more information and hours of operation.

The Red Skelton Museum opened “The Year of the Pledge” exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of Red’s recitation of his iconic Pledge of Allegiance on his television show on January 14, 1969.  This new exhibit features items from the collection surrounding Red’s Pledge, including awards, recordings, paintings and letters from various congressmen as well as stories about Mr. Laswell and Red’s inspiration for creating this pledge.  The exhibit will be on display until September 8th and can be viewed during museum operating hours with paid admission.  Visit the museum’s website for more information and hours of operation.

Both museums welcome visitors to come and check out the new offerings as well as existing exhibits.

Ring in the New Year

RING IN THE NEW YEAR by celebrating at the National Watermelon Drop held in downtown Vincennes! Knox County’s own quirky New Year’s event features DJ music from 10pm to 1am in a heated tent (beverages available), food vendor on site and photo opportunities with giant lighted watermelon until 11:45pm. Watch the 500-pound watermelon rise high in the sky as midnight approaches, culminating with 19 Knox County watermelons dropped on the splatform at the stroke of midnight followed by fireworks.

Winter Agenda

Today is the first day of the winter season and there are still plenty of activities to enjoy in Knox County!

Take a drive to view local Christmas light displays including the Giant Christmas Tree downtown, Gregg Park and Ouabache Trails.

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and take a stroll on the grounds of the George Rogers Clark NHP and Riverwalk or take a hike on the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave with a smile.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink from Graze, Peafections or I’Mpressed Coffee.

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 it in the sunroom 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, Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit the winery or brewing company.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through the present day.

Any season is a good time for eating frozen yogurt!  Visit Swirls to satisfy your sweet tooth with their variety of flavors and toppings.

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2019 Indiana Festival or Travel guides and explore our great state!


Weekend Happenings

Old Town Players Theater, Fifth & Broadway Streets will present “The Elves & the Shoemaker” this weekend.  Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evening and a Matinee on Sunday December 14th-16th.  Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased by calling the box office at 812.882.8269.

The Vincennes Civitan Club in collaboration with the Old Town Players is presenting “A Christmas Dinner Theater” on Saturday, December 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 501 Broadway Street. The dinner will precede Old Town Players Christmas production for children, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 7:00pm. The dinner is by reservation only and reservations can be made by calling the OTP Ticket Office at 812.882.1639 or Hedden Abstract at 812.882.5273.

Follow in the footsteps of British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton and his soldiers as they made their march to Vincennes in the fall of 1778 this Saturday December 15th. After a long grueling march, his men arrived in Vincennes on December 17, 1778. The march will begin at the park’s visitor center at 1:00pm, participants will board Van-Go buses and travel to Kimmell Park the spot where it is believed Hamilton’s men disembarked from their boats. Visitors will then travel approximately 2 miles back to the visitor center following the new Riverwalk running from Kimmell Park to the Clark Memorial. Park Ranger Jason Collins will share the story of the British march and the difficult journey that lay ahead for those men along the way. Braving ice-choked rivers, treating with Native Americans, and the uncertain weather conditions, were just some of the risks that these soldiers undertook on their journey to Fort Sackville.

The “Diamonds” musical group will present their holiday show “Silver Bells and Diamonds” on Saturday, December 15 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. The performance begins at 7:30pm with reserved seating $40/person and general admission, $35/person. Call the Red Skelton Museum to purchase tickets at 812.888.4184.

On Sunday, December 16th the Red Skelton Museum will have their “Christmas at the Red” Family Fun Day from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Enjoy watching The Red Skelton Christmas Show special in the museum theater.  More activities include games with prizes and a visit with Santa. FREE museum admission for Family Day Participants from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

There are still a few opportunities to see Santa, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/20/wheres-santa-claus-this-season/

The local Christmas light displays are still burning bright, http://www.vincennescvb.org/blog/2018/11/29/holiday-lights/

Weekend Roundup

This weekend is packed with Holiday themed activities!

“First Friday” Art Walk tonight from 5:00pm – 8:00pm in downtown Vincennes.  Visit Art Space, the Northwest Territory Art Guild and the Open Gallery to view new exhibits in a variety of mediums and enjoy beverages and light refreshments!  Shop for original winter-themed art, one-of-a-kind silver jewelry pieces, hand woven scarves and shawls, ceramics and more!  The Shircliff Gallery, First and Harrison Streets, will be open until 6:00pm and offer a last opportunity to see the exhibition “Verges”, ceramic works by Malcolm Mobutu Smith.

Participating downtown stores will have extended hours for First Friday.  Many new businesses and restaurants have made their home on Main Street in the past year and existing businesses have expanded or added to their merchandise selection.  Bring your Christmas shopping list and shop local.

Christmas at Grouseland will be held tonight, December 7th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.  Built in 1803, Grouseland is the mansion of the former Indiana Territorial Governor and 9th U.S. President, William Henry Harrison. Come, relax and enjoy a traditional Christmas at the Governor’s mansion by candlelight. This festive living history event features re-enactors from the time of Harrison’s governorship. Enjoy music, decorations, refreshments and carriage rides! There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted.

Old Town Players Theater, Fifth & Broadway Streets will present “The Elves & The Shoemaker” on two weekends in December beginning tonight.  Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evening and a Matinee on Sunday December 7th-9th and 14th-16th.  Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased by calling the box office at 812.882.8269.

The Vincennes Civitan Club in collaboration with the Old Town Players is presenting “A Christmas Dinner Theater” on Saturday, December 8 and again on Saturday, December 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 501 Broadway Street. Both dinners will precede Old Town Players Christmas production for children, “The Elves and the Shoemaker” at 7:00pm. The dinner is by reservation only reservations can be made by calling the OTP Ticket Office at 812.882.1639 or Hedden Abstract at 812.882.5273.

The 18th Annual South Knox Elementary School Craft Show will be held from 9:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, December 8. An amazing array of craft items from nearly 150 vendors will be on display for your holiday gift giving. There is a $1.00admission fee.  Visit with Santa from 10:00am -2:00pm!

There are 17 more days until Christmas!

Holiday Lights

Load up the family and go for a drive! You won’t want to miss these free community holiday light displays.

The Knox County Park Department’s annual light display at Ouabache Trails Park is open daily from 5:30pm to 9:30pm though the 26th of December.  New displays have been added to everyone’s old favorites!  Donations are appreciated but not required, all proceeds go towards keeping the lights on.

Gregg Park’s annual light pole decorating is now up through January 1st.  Enjoy different themed decorations on each pole provided by local businesses and citizens.  View other decorations throughout the park.

See the giant community tree downtown Vincennes on Gimbel Corner.  The tree arrives at 9:00am this Saturday, December 1! The public is invited to gather at 6:00pm for the tree lighting and enjoy Christmas music being played on the PA system downtown. Santa will be there to greet the children.

Bicknell’s Northside Park on Highway 67 is lit up for the holidays.  The park has added new displays this year and is open daily through January 1st.


Where’s Santa Claus this Season

Get your Christmas lists ready and plan to visit with Santa this season.  We have put together a list of places and times that you can visit Father Christmas himself.

Indiana Military Museum photos with Santa on Saturday, November 24th from 10:30am to 1:30pm

Vincennes Moose Club Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 1st at 9am

Oaktown Community Building photos with Santa on Sunday, December 2nd from 4pm to 6pm

South Knox Craft Show at South Knox Elementary on Saturday, December 8th 10am to 2pm

1972 Community Center will have Cookies with Santa on Wednesday, December 12th from 5pm to 8pm. Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance to ensure your child gets a cookie kit.

Blue Jeans Center will have dinner with Santa in Monroe City on Friday, December 14th at 6pm             

Ouabache Trails Park light display on December 14th and 15th 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Red Skelton Museum Family Fun Day on Sunday, December 16th from 1:30pm until 3:30pm

Bicknell French Club on Saturday, December 16th at 1pm

Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season full of joy and cheer!