600 Old Wheatland Rd.,
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone: (812) 882-1479
Fax: (812) 882-4648
Reflecting the rich heritage of Vincennes, these historic sites include the Indiana Territorial Capitol Building, a two story frame structure that was built in 1805 and held together by wooden pegs, The Elihu Stout Print Shop, a replica of the original The Jefferson Academy that was founded in 1801, and The Maurice Thomspon Building, the birthplace of noted the author.
The home of William Henry Harrison, Governor of the Indiana Territory, as well as the ninth president of the United States, magnificent mansion reflects the 1800's and is filled with antique period furnishings, paintings, and china. Unique features of the home include mannequins clothed in authentic period outfits and a bullet hole in the far left window of the dining room where someone tried to shoot William Henry Harrison while he was holding his son.
Partitioned into two small rooms and a living room, this house was the home of French trader Michel Brouillet and has features including a massive double chimney with a fireplace in the living room, sparse furnishings throughout the house, and a rare enclosed bed in the front bedroom that has the date 1759 carved on its doors. The museum exhibits the four periods of American prehistory and features an exhibit of Mastodon bones found near Vincennes.
Operating hours are 12 to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.
The Old Cathedral Complex is home to the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier. This place is the burial site for four Bishops and the adjoining cemetery is a resting place for almost 4000 persons. Built in 1826, it boasts splendid Greek Revival architecture both inside and out.
The oldest Catholic church in Indiana, this historic church stands on the site of three previous churches including the first log church in the area built in 1749. A bell is in the spire that hung in the original tower. Four bishops are buried in the crypt of the current cathedral and over 4,000 early citizens of Vincennes are buried in the adjoining cemetery.
George Rogers Clark Memorial is located inside the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. Closed for a thorough refurbishment in 2008, this memorial opened in its spanking new avatar in 2009 to the delight of Vincennes' townsfolk. The French Commons area is located near the park right by the Wabash River, and it plays host to numerous community events. The Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is an annual fest that takes place here, when everyone's dressed in period clothing just like in the 1700's. This is a great time to visit.
Located on the banks of the Wabash River, the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park is steeped with history and patriotism. It features a 1936 memorial and a visitor center. The circular, granite memorial building with Greek columns is one of the highlights of this historic park. It is said to be built where the Fort Sackville was captured by Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and his army of 170 men which gave the United States a foothold to the frontier. Visit the visitor center for its informative displays and programs.
The Gibson County Court House is a historical landmark of the city. Dating back to 1884, the Court House building is a fine example of Romanesque Revival style of architectural designing. The clock tower, corner towers and the beautiful mosaic tiles make for a classic structure. Not just that, even the floors of the offices inside are covered with original oak wood. Department 56's Original Snow Village Courthouse was inspired from the design of the Gibson County Court House. For additional details, check website.