History and Historic Sites in Vincennes and Knox County Indiana
Vincennes Indiana is the state's Oldest city. Take a look at some of the many historic sites it is home to...
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
This park features a massive granite memorial which commemorates the conquest of the Old Northwest Territory. The Memorial is located on the site of the former British Fort Sackville which was captured by Colonel George Rogers Clark and his army of 170 frontiersmen and Frenchmen.
401 South Second Street • 812-882-1776
Old Cathedral Complex: Basilica of St. Francis Xavier and French & Indian Cemetery
The current “Old Cathedral” was built in 1826, and stands on the site of the three previous churches. Four bishops are buried in the crypt of the current Cathedral, and the adjoining cemetery is the final resting place of over 4,000 early citizens of Vincennes.
205 Church Street • 812-882-5638
Old Cathedral Library & Museum
Across the courtyard from the Old Cathedral is the oldest library in Indiana, which contains ten thousand rare volumes dating back to 1319. On display in the museum are historic and church artifacts and books. The Old Cathedral Museum & Library are located behind Old Cathedral.
Old French House & Indian Museum
The former home of French fur trader and Indian interpreter, Michael Brouillet, built around 1808. The house is an excellent example of French Creole architecture, and is furnished as it would have been when the Brouillet family lived there. The loft features an exhibit on the fur trade.
First and Seminary Streets • 812-882-7422
Vincennes State Historic Sites: Indiana Territory Capitol, Jefferson Academy, Elihu Stout Print Shop
& Maurice Thompson Birthplace
Start the tour of these sites at the 1850 style log cabin Visitor’s Center. Vincennes served as the capitol of the Indiana Territory and one of the buildings used by the Territorial Legislature is preserved and considered the oldest major government building in the Midwest. A replica of the Jefferson Academy, 1801, is used to interpret the first college in Indiana. The Elihu Stout Print Shop is a replica of the building where the territory’s first newspaper, The Indiana Gazette, was published beginning in 1804. It features an authentic Ramage press of the era.
1 West Harrison Street • 812-882-7422
Grouseland - William Henry Harrison Mansion & Museum
Grouseland is the former home of William Henry Harrison and his family during his term as Governor of the Indiana Territory, 1803-1812. Harrison went on to become the 9th President of the United States. During his governorship the house served as the focal point of the social and official life of the Territory.
3 West Scott Street • 812-882-2096
Indiana Military Museum
The Indiana Military Museum has one of the most outstanding displays of vintage vehicles, weaponry, uniforms and artifacts from the Civil War through World Wars I, II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm. The museum includes both outdoor displays featuring tanks, artillery and aircraft and an indoor museum with uniforms, flags and battlefield relics.
2074 North Old Bruceville Road • 812-882-8668
The museum celebrates the life and legacy of one of America's greatest comedians. This fully interactive museum explores American comedy in the context of Red's life and comedic genius and showcases it in a variety of formats. Highlights include: Freddie the Freeloader's Sound Stage, a green screen experience with Red, a radio sound booth, Red's iconic Pledge of Allegiance, a character gallery with costumes and props from his show, a gallery of Red's orginal artwork and much more.
20 Red Skelton Blvd. • 812-888-4184
For more information on these and other great places to visit in Vincennes and Knox County, visit the Convention and Visitor's Bureau or call 800.886.6443.