The Indiana Theater, or most commonly just shortened to be the "Indiana" is a famous landmark in town. It is a registered and protected building, but yet it is till in operation.
The theater offers discount films on regular schedule, but also has the possibility for live productions which it also presents on occasion.
The Spanish Baroque style theater was built in 1922, seats up to 1600 people and even without watching a production, offers a architecture/history aficionado something to marvel at.
One of the mottos of Terre Haute, is "The Crossroads of America".
Quite literally, Terre Haute was the original intersection between the principle roads spanning the big US. US-40 going east-west, as well as US-41 going north-south crossed in downtown, feeding millions of early migrating families.
Did you know that Terre Haute has a Walk of Fame? It is small and relatively low-key, but it does highlight many of the local celebrities and influential people. Maybe it is not the prime reason to come visit, but if you are a history buff and can manage a two minute walk, it will give you a sense of local pride.
One of the nice places to go to is in Saint Mary of the Woods College which is run by Providence sisters. Saint Theodore Guerin who was canonized in 2006 is one of the forerunners of this place. You will see here her exposed 3 finger bones and they have a small museum where you will see her things like her desk, her footwear etc. They have also the small chapel that Saint Guerin built and a grotto. They take care of Alpacas which is nice to look at as well. You can have Sunday brunch here after mass and they do serve really good food.
Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Sunday - Closed
Bake Shop Hours:
Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 8:00 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday - Closed
Visit the website for more information!
Named after Capt. Eugene R. Fowler, who became the first American victim of the Vietnam War, Fowler park offers over 440 acres of recreation. There are picnic ares, lakes, fishing, hiking, camp ground, etc.
Pioneer Village is a traditional folk village showing the pioneer days of the 1820's.
During the summer weekends, locals even staff the village and reinact life in the pioneer spirit.
Admission is free.
Summer weekends might be somewhat ambiguous.
Call the local park service for more information and schedule of events, like the Pancake Breakfast.
If its a beautiful sunshiny day, its nice to spend the afternoon in Deming Park. You can go jogging, take the kids to the big playground, go fishing, pack a picnic basket and just enjoy nature. There is also a big pool with a twisting slide which is fun for both adults and kids alike. The playground has 2 areas, one for the little ones and one for the older children and for the adults who are child at heart. If you find a quiet spot, it would be nice to do some yoga or meditation here too!
Use these links to find out what's going on today in Terre Haute:
TribStar's On The Go Calendar for Events & Concerts..
TribStar's Valley Datebook Calendar for Community Happenings..
WHTI Channel 10 Community Calendar (the most comprehensive calendar!)
WTWO Channel 2 Community Calendar
Indiana State University Campus Calendar
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Campus Calendar
Here is the main website for the Indiana portion of the Historic National Road- check out the "What's New" Section for a list of local events and celebrations along the historic highway...
Here are some historic US 40 Stops in Terre Haute ...
1931 Gas Station,
4480 Wabash Ave, Terre Haute
Believe it or not, this small cottage was an early filling station on the National Road. A master distiller of whisky built the station in 1931 during prohibition. In the first decades of auto travel, travelers often looked for a familiar place to stop, someplace that reminded them of home. Consequently, many early gas stations were built to resemble small cottages and homes. In 1999, the Indiana National Road Association and Rose-Hulman Institute saved the building from demolition by moving it from its original location to the Rose-Hulman campus. The cottage serves as a snack bar for the school?s baseball and soccer fields
Fairbanks Memorial Park,
South First St, Terre Haute
Nestled just off the Historic National Road on the banks of the Wabash River is Fairbanks Memorial Park. The Fairbanks family donated the land for the park to the city of Terre Haute in 1916. Today, it is a sprawling 104 acres and features a riverwalk, picnic shelters, a boat ramp and an amphitheater with a band shell. Also located in the park is the home where Terre Haute native Paul Dresser was born. Dresser wrote "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away" ? Indiana's state song.
While driving around in the late fall and early winter, watch up in the trees and beside the roads for walnuts. In the fall, the walnuts fall down to the ground. They're covered with a layer of brown stuff, which will stain your hands, so be careful!
After you gather them up, it's best to set them out to dry for several days, so that the outer layer dries. Then, you peel off the brown stuff, and smash the walnut with a hammer. Inside you'll find the nut itself, which is definately delicious!
We like to take a walk or drive around Deming Park when we have the time.
There is a very relaxing little pond there. A large playground, and an arboretum.. The Arboretum is home to more than 300 hollies. At Christmas time the park is set up with many displays from different groups and you can also visit Santa there when he is in town.
This is a great place to take the kids. Inside Fowler Park are two lakes, a campground, picnic shelters, playgrounds, trails, and a pioneer village. The pioneer village consists of 14 buildings plus a log barn and a working gristmill. The campground, open May 1 - October 15, has 59 modern sites and 16 primitive sites. The Wilderness Area, covering 300 acres, has two lakes, four ponds, and four plus miles of trails. Fishing, boating, camping, hiking, swimming in season, picnicking, pioneer village tours. Boat launches and rest rooms.
The ArtsIlliana sales gallery has original art for sale form regional artists on Wabash Avenue. And the Swope Art Museum has an amazing collection of American art in a renovated art deco building, again, right in downtown TH. Local coffee shops Coffee Grounds and Java Haute also feature original art on their walls.