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

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

November Happenings

The weather is cooling down and Fall is finally upon us.  Knox County has several events in place for the month of November, the first week in particular.  On Friday the 4th feed your creative side at the First Friday Art Walk on Main Street.  The three downtown galleries have works on display many of which are for sale.  Stay and dine downtown too!  On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th the State Historic Sites will host the Muster on the Wabash at Fort Knox II.  Its a great living history event with re-enactors, demonstrations and skits plus food and merchant vendors.  Saturday is also the Annual VU Auto Club Car Show held on the parking lot of the PE Complex.  The show is open to the public and all types of cars and motorcycles are welcome.  Visit our calendar for details on these events and a complete list of events.

Scare Up Some Fun in Knox County

Fort Fright continues this weekend at Fort Knox II, Friday October 21st and Saturday October 22nd. Children’s activities will begin at 6pm and run until 7:30pm and the full scare for the older group begins at 7:30pm and runs until 10pm.  This event is hosted by the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  On Saturday October 22nd Wabash Trails Park will host their Annual Halloween Festival.  The event begins at 2pm and includes; fun Booths, Trick-or-Treating, Guided Haunted Trails, a Haunted House, a costume contest and FREE Children’s Games. The event runs until 10pm.

Local trick or treating opportunities include downtown Main Street on Saturday October 29th from 2pm to 4pm.  Look for balloons on the participating store fronts.  Hart Street Halloween Safe Stop will be held on October 31st from 5pm to 7pm.  Look for lighted pumpkins in the store fronts to indicate participating businesses.

Stay safe and enjoy your Halloween season!



Autumn on Main Street

Celebrate the fall season in downtown Vincennes on Friday October 7th from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.  Enjoy live music, food, beer and wine tasting, art and a car show.  Dave Parman and the Coatney’s will perform in concert.  Sign up for canvas painting with Heartworks by Amanda by calling the Visitors Bureau at 812.886.0400.  The event is held in conjunction with the First Friday Art walk that includes the three Main Street art galleries.  All proceeds from the event go to INVin for downtown restoration.

Summer Bucket List

Summer is officially here and we have put together a Summer Bucket List for ideas for fun and entertainment.  There are also many festivals and events throughout the summer, visit our calendar of events to stay informed.  Enjoy!

Splash around at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center.

Show support for your favorite summer sports team with memorabilia from FarmandSport.com.

Check out the authentic WWII German bunker and more at the Indiana Military Museum and relive the life of a soldier.

Watch the sunset over the Wabash River from the steps of the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

Find your funny bone at the Red Skelton Museum.

Shop for the best of Knox County’s harvested fruits and vegetables at the Historic Vincennes Farmers Market & bring home “Bobe-BQ” for dinner.

Treat your creative self and attend the “First Friday Art Walk” each month.

Pack your picnic basket and dine al fresco at Historic Fort Knox II.

The Melon Patch is a one stop shop for in season produce, gas, specialty gift items, fudge and the Delish Deli offers sandwiches.

Hike the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Pick up some farm-fresh produce or a delicious pie at The Big Peach.

Unwind at Windy Knoll Winery with a wine slushie.

Cool off with an iced coffee at I’Mpressed Coffee.

Beat the heat with indoor tours of William Henry Harrison’s Presidential Mansion, Grouseland and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.

Visit Prairie Acres gift shop for that perfect item and treat yourself to ice cream.

Cool off with a good book at the Knox County Public Library.

Take in a good play at the Old Town Players theatre.

When you are in the mood for something else, take in the area’s most exciting racing action at Lyons Raceway Park in next door Green County.

Summer Junior Ranger Series

The Summer Junior Rangers Series starts this weekend at the George Rogers Clark NHP.  “Three Forts Day”, one of five events of the 2016 Junior Rangers Series will be held on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. On Saturday, from 11:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, children of all ages will see life as it was for a French marine unit and a Spanish militia unit, learn of the three different forts built inside what is now George Rogers Clark NHP, how the forts were constructed with 18th century tools and so much more! Prizes will be awarded for participation. Upcoming events in the series are as follows; Ranger Career Day on July 23, Native American Culture Day on August 20, Natural Resources Day on  September 17.  Participate in 1 event, get a Junior Ranger Patch; participate in 2 events, get a Junior Ranger Badge and participate in 3 events, get a 2016 Junior Ranger T-Shirt. For more information please contact Ranger Jason Collins at 812.882.1776, ext. 207.

Spring on Main

“Spring on Main” will take place on Friday June 3rd on Main Street in downtown Vincennes.  The event includes cars, art, music, beer and wine tasting and food.  Classic car owners are encouraged to bring their cars for a cruise-in down the middle of Main Street.  The three downtown art galleries will have their traditional First Friday Art Walks.  Heartworks by Amanda Oakes will have a canvas painting class in front of the Northwest Territory art Guild on the street.  Live music by the Hip Replacements and Memory Lane will fill the streets.  Tasting tickets will be sold for craft beer and wine and include a commemorative glass (must be 21 years old and have proper ID).  Food vendors include the Asian Market, Barmes’ Chicken on a Stick and the Thai-na-mite truck.  For those attending as families there will be children’s games provided by Thursday Church.  Several downtown stores will have extended hours during the event so attendees have an opportunity to shop as well.  All proceeds will benefit INVin and their renovation efforts in downtown Vincennes.

Rendezvous Photo Contest

Are you an aspiring photographer or just enjoy it as a hobby? If so the Spirit of Vincennes is having the Rendezvous photo contest again this year. Cash prizes will be awarded. Last year’s winning photo, below, was taken by Josh Neukam of Boonville. For more information or to register call the George Rogers Clark NHP at 812.882.1776 ext. 210.

Rendezvous Buttons are now available

The Spirit of the Vincennes Rendezvous is right around the corner on May 28th and 29th and two day buttons are now available.  Get your buttons today at the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street.  This is year is sure to be one of the best events yet.  There will be battle enactments, encampments, entertainment, food and merchant vendors.  New this year, is an evening battle on Saturday at 8pm.  Grouseland and the State Historic Sites will host candlelight tours on Saturday evening as well.  For a complete list events visit http://spiritofvincennes.org/


Voyage to Vincennes a PBS Special

PBS recently visited Vincennes and put together an episode titled Voyage to Vincennes.  It’s  a really nice piece highlighting Vincennes history and a few of our treasures.  I encourage you to view it by clicking on the link below,



Preserving Historic Places Conference is Coming to Vincennes

The Preserving Historic Places Conference hosted by the Indiana Historic Landmarks will be held in Vincennes on April 27th through the 29th.  This conference will highlight Vincennes historic gems such as George Rogers Clark National Historical park, the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Grouseland and more.  Educational sessions include community revitalization, preservation technology and social media strategies to name a few.  For more information or to register visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4463.htm

It’s sure to be a conference that you wont want to miss!