While it may not come high on the tourist lists, if you enjoy relaxed places and have an appreciation for (American) history, it is worth a stop. Just go to the Historic Registry office and get the listing of the local landmarks.
Its old colonial style manors with their large porches and prominent facades are ubiquitous. There are hundreds, possibly thousands of historically significant buildings. Unfortunately, Terre Haute is now one of the poorer cities in Indiana and therefore many of them have fallen into various states of disrepair.
...well, I'd just enjoy the old buildings. I'd start with a visit to the Historical Society Museum which I finally got to in June 2003.
Vigo County Historical Museum
1411 S. Sixth Street
Eugene V. Debs Home
451 N. Eighth Street (812) 232-2163 or www.eugenevdebs.com
Farrington Grove Historic Residential District
Fire and Police Museum
Eight & Idaho Streets
Native American Museum
5170 E. Poplar Drive
Paul Dresser Memorial Birthplace
First Street & Dresser Drive
Terre Haute Brewing Co. Museum and Tap room
904-906 Poplar Street
The Hippodrome Theater/Scottish Rite Temple
727 Ohio Street
Well, there's nothing you MUST do in Terre Haute. Ther's just somethings that are kinda neat if you happen to be stuck there. :)
Fondest memory: I went to school there for 4.5 years, so there's ALOT of memories that I can't reallypin down to one. Various college stuff including drinking, studying, good friends and coffee at The Coffee Grounds.
Though Terre Haute was an early food and beverage producing center not much of those industries are left. However, one entrepreneur found the recipe for the 1901 Champagne Velvet beer brewed here, bought the old trademark, and has opened the 'renewed' Terre Haute Brewing Company now located in a historic building at Poplar and 9th. According to them, 'Terre Haute Brewing Company was once the seventh largest brewery in the United States. It was one of the few breweries to survive prohibition only to succumb (the original THB, that is) for economic reasons in 1958.'
The new owners now operate a lovely brewpub and serve three different beers.
For MORE info...check them out on the web Terre Haute Brewing Co.
Fondest memory: Just after the turn of the century and before prohibition, Terre Haute, Indiana was a commercial center with makers of grocery products, the nations first and third largest whiskey distillery, and the nations seventh largest brewery! Terre Haute is also the home of the famous Coca-Cola bottle. It was originally designed and cast by a Terre Haute Firm.