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

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

Rainy Day Ideas

Don’t let this weekend’s forecast dampen your spirits, there’s plenty to do in Vincennes/Knox County while it’s raining.  We have compiled a list of ideas to get you started.


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.

Tickle your funny bone 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 downtown in our 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.

Visit our local winery, Windy Knoll, for wine tasting, a glass of wine or a wine slushie.  Browse their gift shop for gifts any wine enthusiast would appreciate.

Visit Melon Acres or the Melon Patch for fresh, local asparagus, yummy!  The Melon Patch also has gift shop and the Delish Deli.

Halter’s Market is now open for the season carrying garden plants and flowers.

Vacation in your backyard at the newly opened Reily Home Bed and Breakfast located on the corner of 8th and Buntin, rent a room for the night for night away from home.

Practice your golf swing at Waggoner Farms Driving Range featuring covered and heated teeing areas

Visit the Knox County Public Library to check out books and DVD’s.  Curl up in the sun room and read it there.

Check out one of the most comprehensive 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 Entertainment

This weekend is full of activities.  Check our website calendar for all the details on any of the events listed below. 

Friday, April 21st

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Spring Block Party, McGrady-Brockman House & Parking lot

Essence of Worship Choir, Performance, “Sunday’s Best” – Red Skelton Performing Arts Ctr.

Saturday, April 22nd

Knox co. Public Library’s Spring Block Party, McGrady-Brockman House & Parking lot

“The Many Hats of a Ranger Day”, Summer Junior Ranger Series – George Rogers Clark NHP

“March for Science” – Riverfront Pavilion

A Broadway Cabaret – Jefferson Student Center

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Sunday, April 23rd

“Dearly Departed”, Comedy – Old Town Players Theatre

Weekend Happenings

This weekend is full of events.

Friday April 7th, First Friday Art Walk in downtown Vincennes.  Art Space, the Open Gallery and the Northwest Territory Art Guild have great exhibits and will be open from 5pm to 8pm.

Saturday April 8th, History Quiz Bowl from 9am to noon at the VU Shircliff Auditorium. The Harmony Society Brunch and Style Show begins at 10am, tickets can be purchased by calling 812-882-3273.  Red’s Dueling Pianos spring fundraiser event will begin at 6:30pm, tickets can be purchased by calling , 812-888-4184.

Sunday April 9th, Spring Wildflowers Walk at Wabash Trails Park begins at 2pm, meet at the park office.

Lets Go Fly a Kite

“Lets Go Fly a Kite”  on Saturday, April 1, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is offering an opportunity for fliers of all ages to take to the air! Bring your kite or build a kite there. Registration begins at 12:30pm and this FREE event will be held until 4:00pm. For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 207.

Weekend Happenings

Happy St Patricks Day!

Big Voodoo Daddy will be in concert tonight March 17th at 7:30pm at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the VU Alumni Office at 812.888.4354.  Saturday the 18th the Harrison Township Fire Department will hold their annual Chicken Dinner from 4pm to 8pm at the firehouse in Monroe City.

Our local historic sites and museums are all this weekend as well.

President’s in Knox County

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.

Gift Ideas for your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we have put together a list of gift ideas that can be bought locally.

If your partner has a sweet tooth, treat them to cupcakes, cookies or candy!  Gracies bakes a variety of options daily.  Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy shop is decked out for the holiday with a variety of sweet treats including heart shaped boxed chocolates and caramel corn tins.  The Melon Patch makes wonderful fudge and can be packaged in heart shaped boxes.

If sweets don’t interest you visit Main Street for unique gifts.  Pretty Posies is taking orders for fresh floral Valentine’s arrangements.  They also carry a wide variety of gift items including costume jewelry.  The Northwest Territory Art Guild has handmade goods created by local artisans including jewelry, paintings, pottery and more.  Visit Jewel Craft Jewelry for fine jewelry and gold dipped roses.  Shop for your sports fan at Farm and Sport.

The Windy Knoll Winery has a selection of wine and gifts items that will satisfy the wine enthusiast.  If gifts aren’t your thing, treat your sweetheart to dinner instead.  Check out local restaurants for Valentine’s Day specials.

Six More Weeks of Winter

If you haven’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday which means we will see 6 more weeks of winter!  To help beat the winter blues we have put together 10 things to do in Knox County in the cold weather.

Bundle up and get moving on the trails at Fox Ridge Nature Park or on the newly opened Riverwalk.

Grab a friend and go sample wine at our local winery, Windy Knoll.

Feed your creative side by attending the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Vincennes.

Brush up on your local history at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Vincennes State Historic Sites, Grouseland and the Indiana Military Museum.

Attend a Free Funny Film at the Red Skelton Museum.  Check their website for schedule and movie line-up, http://redskeltonmuseum.org/events-view

Go on a treasure hunt at one of our local antique shops, Riverwalk Antiques or Shakers Landing.

Feed your sweet tooth at Charlie’s Caramel Corn and Candy Shop.

Warm up with a good book in the sun room at the Knox County Library.

Get some retail therapy by shopping downtown Main Street.

Take your family or meet up with a friend and dine out at one of our locally owned restaurants.

Check our website calendar to stay up to date on upcoming events,  http://www.vincennescvb.org/events/2017/02/3


National Popcorn Day

Today is National Popcorn Day!  Visit Pop Around the Clock or Charlies Caramel Corn and Candy Shop and celebrate with some of their specialty popcorn.

Nominations Sought for Red Skelton Comedy Award

VINCENNES, Ind. – According to the legendary comedian Ed Wynn, “A comic says funny things. A comedian says things funny.” The late Red Skelton embodied the spirit of a true comedian, engaging and entertaining audiences for decades through beloved characters, physical comedy, corny jokes, and the humor found in ordinary life.
To recognize and honor comedians past and present, the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy has established the “Red Skelton: America’s Clown” award that will be presented at the Annual Red Skelton Festival in July 2017. Nominations are being accepted now through Jan. 31.
“I like to believe that Red Skelton was honored to be a clown. He was a humble man who didn’t want to be thought of as the greatest,” said Anne Pratt, president of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation. “I would like this award to recognize others who feel the same.”
To qualify for the award, nominees must be a living comedian that is/was active within the past 100 years in the medium of stage, radio, film, or television. Nominees must also engage in a ‘family-friendly’ comedy style.
Nominations may come from all public – social media, community members, fellow comedians, show people – anyone who is interested in promoting a comedian who demonstrates the Red Skelton style of entertainment.
Individuals may nominate up to three comedians for the award and should send the name and a brief description for each to redskelton@vinu.edu or through a Facebook message on the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy page.
The recipient will be selected by a committee comprised of the museum staff, members of the Red Skelton Museum Foundation, professional entertainers, and popular culture educators. Presentation of the inaugural award, nicknamed ‘The Freddie,’ will take place at the Red Skelton Festival in July 2017.