Plan Your Vacation Day

It’s time to take advantage of your paid time off and make plans on how you will spend it!  “National Plan for Vacation Day” is coming up on Tuesday, January 26 and while you are dreaming up ideas, we are here to offer inspiration on how to spend your vacation.

Legends & Laughter Tour

DAY 1:                                               

In February of 1779, Lt. Colonel George Rogers Clark and his army of 170 volunteers marched through flooded lands and took the fort during this daring military maneuver of the Revolutionary War.  The George Rogers Clark National Historical Park features a massive granite memorial on the site of British Fort Sackville.  The Park’s Visitor’s Center displays period exhibits and features a film on the capture of the fort. *Visitor’s Center is handicap accessible.

See one of most comprehensive collections of military artifacts in the Midwest at the Indiana Military Museum.  Outside to walk through are awe-inspiring displays of military aircraft, tanks, vehicles, artillery, and a submarine reproduction.  Inside museum exhibits include uniforms, insignia, equipment, more vehicles, and related relics.  The expansive annex features settings representative of the WWI era through the post-Vietnam War era.

Take a break to Dine and Shop Downtown.  In addition to our wonderful museums, our charming downtown offers a varied selection of locally owned restaurants, specialty stores and three art galleries.  Many are in historic storefronts of various architectural styles. Whether you are shopping for ladies’ apparel, an original watercolor painting, a religious gift or a special jewelry item, a stroll down Main Street will reward you with the perfect item!

Red Skelton gained his fame through his genius sense of humor and shared his comedic talents with the world.  Red was Vincennes’ favorite son and after years of diligent work, that dream of a museum in his honor became a reality. Visit the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy to enjoy interactive exhibits and showcases displaying a look into Red’s career, and tributes to other great American comedians.

Retreat for the day at one of local hotels or the Reily Home Bed and Breakfast.

DAY 2:

Grouseland is the stately Federal mansion and former home of William Henry Harrison and his family during his term as Governor of the Indiana Territory (1800 – 1812).  Designated as the presidential home of Harrison, 9th U. S. President and a National Historic Landmark, it served as the principal site of public and official business of the territory where Harrison frequently entertained legislators, dignitaries and met with native tribal leaders.  *Mansion is undergoing architectural renovation and scheduled to reopen June 2021.

The Vincennes State Historic Sites are significant historical landmarks including the original Indiana Territorial Capitol building used by William Henry Harrison while governor, the Jefferson Academy (Indiana’s first college) and Eli Stout’s Print Shop which published the state’s first newspaper.  More sites to visit are the Old French House, Old State Bank, Fort Knox II and Sugarloaf Mound.

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