"Dripping With History" Top 5 Page for this destination Vincennes by deecat

Vincennes Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 134 photos

Indiana's Oldest City

Visiting Vincennes, Indiana, was the perfect fit for me. I just love history, architecture, American Indians, and Midwestern friendliness. Vincennes "fits the bill"!

So, if you are like I am, and you want to visit a place where Indiana had its beginning; where the Indian Chief, Tecumseh, walked; where the ninth president of the United States lived and worked; where the battle of Tippecanoe was prepared for; where the first free press in Indiana was born; where the first library in Indiana became a reality; where the first University was established; where an American hero saved a fort which, in turn, created the Northwest Territory [and made Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of Minnesotab possible], then you should, by all means, visit this historic city on the Wabash River, VINCENNES, INDIANA.

Vincennes's beginnings were quite humble. It was a French fur trading outpost in 1732. It was one of many forts in the area that was an attempt to stop British expansion. And it was George Rogers Clark and his small army of "sharpshooters" who took the largest land conquest in the Revolutionary War away from the British in 1779. By 1800, the Indiana Territory was formed, and Vincennes became its capitol.

Today, you can visit Vinceness to see, hear, and experience all this history, and you will leave here realizing that you've just seen how a humble fur trading outpost became so important to America's history.

Sorce of Name: Vincennes

Vincennes, Indiana, was named in honor of French Canadian, Francois-Marie Bissot, Sieur de Vincennes (1700-1737)

He built a fort here to protect the claims of France in the New World [1732].

He was burned at the stake by Chickasaw Indians near the present town of Fulton, Tennessee.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Steeped in History, Friendly People, Many Firsts In INDIANA
  • Cons:Parts are so old and ill attended, that, sadly, they need to be torn down for safety's sake.
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful old town on the Wabash river that is steeped in history
  • Last visit to Vincennes: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Hi Dee, it’s been several years since I last looked at this page, so I'm back for a re-visit. I was fascinated by your descriptions of the Old French House and Indian Museum, and the story of Father Pierre Gibault.

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Red Skelton, Lincoln, history galore...Just Great stuff. I really think this is a wonderful page filled with passion. Excellent work.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    ~ Hi, Dee! It's a wonderful page about that destination! I would have enjoyed the trip to Vincennes too I'm sure....!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    My hubby would love that military museum and I know I would enjoy all there is too see here. The memorial bridge looks wonderful and so does that yummy ice cream. Excellent page!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    You are such a great virtual guide to these historic towns Dee - your tips are so thorough and informative :-) The old French House and other historic homes sound especially appealing to me

  • Aug 11, 2009 at 11:41 PM

    Another great website of you als always! Keep travelling!

  • Jul 6, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Another historic "gem". Great descriptions and photographs to bring this old town to life. Enjoyable to read and to view.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    This brings back memories and reading books when I lived in Illinois about the battles and Clark's capture of the fort in the Revolutionary War. Great tip and pictures

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    in depth ANS interesting - as always. a really well written page.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Wow you shouldn't be bored in this town eh Dee. So much to see and do and great history. I know I could not sleep in that enclosed bed and I would probably need that boulder to get onto a horse for sure. Fun page Dee.


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