Vincennes Travel Guide

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  • Vincennes
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Vincennes Things to Do

  • Red Skelton Performing Arts Center Tour

    Both my sister Ronda and I are devoted Red Skelton fans. So, when we had the opportunity to take a tour of the new Red Skleton Performing Arts Center, we were thrilled.Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton was born in Vincennes, and his rbirth home is located at 111 Lyndale The Performing Arts Center is located just one block from his birthplace!.FREE...

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  • Tour the George Rogers Clark Memorial

    A large memorial stands here to commemorate the capture of Fort Sackville by George Rogers Clark and his frontiersmen on February 25, 1779. A visitor center at the park features exhibits, a 30-minute movie, and a gift shop. History buffs will love this.

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  • Grouseland

    This Federal-style house, constructed between 1802-04, was home to William Henry Harrison who served as governor of the Indiana Territory from 1800 until 1812. Harrison was a very powerful man, too powerful in the opinions of his many critics, controlling a tract of land that included the current states of Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of...

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  • The St. Francis Xavier Church

    Construction of the current structure began in 1826 on the site of two previous, wooden parrishes, the first in Indiana. The grounds of the cathedral complex include a pretty courtyard, a museum shop, a library containing over 11,000 books some printed as far back as the 15th century and an old cemetery containing the remains of early French...

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  • Vincennes State Historic Sites

    What a great idea to place so many historic places together in one location. That is the concept behind the Vincennes State Historic SitesAt one time, in 1800, the Northwest Territory was divided The eastern part was what is now the state of Ohio. The western part became The Indiana Territory, and Vincennes was its capital. Would you believe that...

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  • Grouseland, "The Great House"

    Thank goodness in 1911, the DAR [Daughters of the American Revolution] were responsible for saving Grouseland, the Wm. Henry Harrison Mansion from destruction. Then the Francis Vigo Chapter of the DAR restored it.The home is now open for tours from March-December [9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily] and January-February [11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)It is closed on...

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  • Old Cathedral Complex

    The entire Old Cathedral Complex is quite interesting and historic. Besides the beautiful and historic 1st church in the state of Indiana, The Old Cathedral Photo #1, which I have covered in a separate tip, I found that I was quite fond of the church rectory and its splendid Greek Revival structure that was built in 1841. Photo #2.I just love the...

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  • Old Cathedral French & Indian Cemetery

    The Old Cathedral French & Indian Cemetery dates from 1750 until 1845. It contains the graves [mostly unmarked] of some 4,000 inhabitants of early Vincennes, Indiana. These numbers include soldiers and patriots of the American Revolution who had helped Colonel George Rogers Clark in his capture of Fort Sackville in 1779.This same cemetery also...

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  • Statue of Francis Vigo

    As you wander the grounds of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, you will no doubt come across an imposing statue overlooking the Wabash River. It's a 10-ton granite work done by sculptor, John Angel. In 1936, it was completed and sat in place overlooking the river in tribute to the contributions of American patriot, Francis Vigo....

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  • Pierre Gibault Statue

    Why is there a statue of Father Pierre Gibault in Vincennes, Indiana,at the Old Cathedral Complex near the George Rogers Clark Memorial? Just who was he? These are questions I asked myself as I visited the complex. First off, he was a Jesuit missionary and priest in the Northwest Territory in the 18th century, but, more importantly, he was an...

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  • Old Cathedral [Saint Francis Xavier...

    The oldest congregation in Indiana is the parish of St. Francis Xavier in Vincennes, Indiana. The research that I have done indicates that in 1732 a French officer named Sieur de Vincennes was the one who established a fort on the banks of the Wabash River. Shortly thereafter, a settlement made up of French Canadian fur traders and Piankeshaw...

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  • Oldest Library in Indiana

    The Old Cathedral Library & Museum is located across the courtyard from the Old Cathedral, and it is purported to be the oldest library in Indiana. It was founded in 1794. Rev. Benedict Joseph Flaget [pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Vincennes organized it.Because Simon Gabriel Brute de Remur's personal collection makes up a good deal of the...

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  • Vincennes/Knox County Convention/Visitor...

    I feel that it is a very good idea if you visit the Vincennes/Knox Couty Convention/Visitor Bureau when you first arrive in Vincennes, Indiana. It's a convenient location of North Third Street and within walking distance of almost all of the activities. I parked my car on a side street, less than 1/2 a block from the Visitor Bureau.This is a spot...

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  • George Rogers Clark Visitor Center

    You are requested to stop first at the Visitor Center. This is very important because you cannot get into the Memorial unless you have a ticket. The tickets are purchased at the Visitor's Center.Her, you will also find great information, exhibits [Photo #1], a film, [Photo #2], brochures, and a bookstore.I should note right here that the 30-minute...

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  • George Rogers Clark National Historic...

    The featured structure of this park is certainly the massive granite memorial commemorating the conquest of the Old Northwest Territory. It's located on the site of the former British Fort Sackville. This is where Colonel George Rogers Clark and his meager army of frontiersmen and Frenchmen captured the fort. [1779]. This is a very important date...

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Vincennes Hotels

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  • Holiday Inn Express Vincennes

    2720 Battery Rd, Vincennes, Indiana, 47591, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Super 8 Motel - Vincennes

    US 41 at Hart St,609 Shirley St, Us 41 At Hart St,

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Super 8 Vincennes In

    609 Shirley St, Vincennes, IN, 47591

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Vincennes Restaurants

  • Montana Mike's Steakhouse

    Yesterday, Tony and I took a daytrip to Vincennes to check out the HISTORY..my personal passion...before we went I checked out some reviews on http://Yelp.com...wanted to eat at "Old Thyme Diner" on main street but it was closed on saturdays...so we opted for our second choice " Montana Mike's"...I have to say the previous reviews got our hopes...

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  • Yummy Caramel Corn and Chocolate

    While at the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the friendly young woman who was helping us, gave each of us a bag of Caramel Corn from Charlie's Caramel Corn & Candy Shop. She also suggested that we go there to try their candy. About four hours later, we just happened to see their sign as we were walking down North Second Street, so, naturally, we...

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  • Italian food you gotta try! Best in town

    Procopio's has the best pizza around, after all he is from Sicily so who would know better. The pasta dishes are delicious also. His spagetti and meatballs are second to none. Try to eat one of his Greek or Sicilian salads, you had better be hungry they are big. The stuffed pizza is unlike any you will ever eat. Best Italian food in Knox...

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  • Ice Cream, Sandwiches, Coffee

    After a morning of touring the George Rogers Clark Memorial, The Old Cathedral Complex, The Lincoln Memorial Bridge, my sister and I were ready for a rest stop, cold drink, and a light meal. While at the Visitor City, we had asked for suggestions. Without hesitation, we were told to go to Main Street to Zander's Ice Cream and Coffee.What a great...

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  • Wings

    Nine varieties of chicken wings. Sports Bar themed. Locals hangout. Very affordable!!! Also long list of appetizers available. All wing varieties are delicious. All are served with celery and blue cheese or ranch dressing.

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  • Home Cooking

    Very good food served buffet style. Very affordable. This is a very mild mid-west barbecue not to be confused with Kansas City or Memphis style. Salad Bar, soups, breads and homemade desserts included in buffet. Buffet usually has large assortment of meats including fried and barbecue chicken, pulled barbecue chicken, beef brisket, pulled and...

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Vincennes Local Customs

  • Vincenness Mural

    After parking our car and visiting the Visitor Center, we looked up and noticed an historic Mural painted on the north side of the Old Gimbel building at the corner of 2nd and Main in downtown Vincennes. After taking a few photographs, I walked up very close to the mural to see if there would be information regarding the artist and the content.I...

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  • "The Bolder"

    As my sister and I were leaving the area of The Old French House and walking toward a new adventure, we happened to notice a bolder and an explanation marker beside it. Of course, we stopped to investigate.This is what the marker had as an explanation:"This boulder was originally used as a step to mount horses at the home, near Vincennes, of...

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Vincennes Off The Beaten Path

  • Old French House & Indian Museum

    I was so happy when I saw in the literature about Vincennes that there was an Old French House & Indian Museum. On another trip that I made to Missouri, I had toured a French House and found it fascinating. With that in mind, my sister and I went looking for it.The Old French House and Indian Museum is located at the corner of First Street and...

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  • Vincennes University

    Be sure to see all four of the photographs of Vincennes UniversityVincennes University was founded in 1801 and was Indiana's first college Also, it's the only college in the USA that was founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States, William Henry Harrison. He founded the university while he was Governor of...

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  • Indiana Military Museum, Inc.

    The Pamphlet pictures is about the Indiana Military Museum, Inc. Because of time restraints, we were unable to visit it. That is a shame because it is reputed to possess one of the best overall collections of military memorabilia in the country!They display military vehicles, uniforms, insignia, artillery, and related artifacts that span the Civil...

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Vincennes Favorites

  • Two State's Views of Lincoln Memorial...

    As we were driving from Robinson, Illinois, on Route 33, we stopped just before the Lincoln Memorial Bridge that leads to Vincennes, Indiana.On the Illinois side of the bridge, there is The Lincoln Monument. This monument was erected in 1938 by Illinois Organization, Daughters of the American Revolution to commemorate the arrival of the Lincoln...

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  • Old State Bank

    The Old State Bank was built in 1838, and it is the oldest bank building in Indiana. In 1834, The state General Assembly chartered the Second State Bank. The bank was headquartered in Indianapoli with 12 branches across the state. Vincennes was one of those branches. The importance here is that before the creation of a state banking system most...

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  • USS Vincennes Monument

    While walking on Vigo Street, I saw a strange-looking monument, so I proceeded to investigate it. It looked dark charcoal in color and probably made of granite.It's located at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial Bridge. It's called the U.S.S. Vincennes Monument It commemorates the four naval ships that are named for the community of Vincennes.The...

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