Welcome to Indiana’s Territorial Past, located in Vincennes and Knox County.

Indiana’s first city is the perfect getaway for history enthusiasts.

Comfort Yourself

These cooler temperatures don’t seem to be going anywhere, and that means it’s a good time to warm up with some good old fashioned comfort food. Knox County has many options for comfort food.

Dogwood BBQ – offers smoked pork and chicken as well as an Amish style food buffet.

Graze 1885 – various hearty soups and sandwiches are on their menu, sure to both fill and warm you up in no time.

Dot’s – offers plate lunch specials daily including Meatloaf, Beef Manhattan, Chicken and Noodles and more.  In addition they have a full menu of sandwiches, soup and salads.

Montana Mike’s – If meat is your comfort food of choice Mike’s has you covered.  Offering a complete menu of beef, pork, chicken and seafood,  add a side of mashed potatoes and you are all set.

The Melon Patch Delish Deli – just up Highway 41, the Melon Patch has daily hot lunch specials including Ham and Beans complete with cornbread as well as their salad and sandwich menu.

Presidents in Knox County

In honor of President’s Day, we’ve put together a list of different Presidents that have visited Knox County.

William Henry Harrison was governor of the Indiana Territory and later the 9th U.S. President. His home, Grouseland, remains open to the public in Vincennes.

It’s said that President Abraham Lincoln stayed in two different homes in Vincennes around the 1840’s. Local attorney, Cyrus Allen was a personal friend of his and Lincoln was a guest at the Allen Mansion, now Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home. Vincennes Mayor, Abner T. Ellis, hosted Lincoln while he was in town campaigning for Henry Clay.  Today the Harmony Society occupies the Ellis Mansion.

In June of 1936, Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Vincennes to dedicate the George Rogers Clark Memorial.

In July of 1966, Lyndon Johnson came to the Memorial for a celebration designating the site as a member of the National Park Service.

Valentine’s Day in Knox County

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we know how stressful it can be to plan the perfect date or choose the perfect gift for that special someone. Worry no more! Vincennes/Knox County has everything you need to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

Gift Ideas

Treat your significant other to some delicious, home-made fudge from the Melon Patch.

Surprise someone with a box of Charlie’s Caramel & Candy Shop’s specialty chocolate covered strawberries. (Be sure to order these ahead of time!)

Treat someone (or yourself) to a massage from Massage Therapy.

Order a special popcorn arrangement filled with all their favorite flavors from Pop Around the Clock.

Stop by Pretty Posies or Pearl & Chrome Home Interiors for a last minute gift!

Let the woman in your life pick out a special date night outfit at Attic Salt Boutique, Mads & Abby Boutique or Wild Rose Boutique!

Date Ideas

Brunch it out at the Vincennes Brewing Company on Saturday, February 15.

Can’t make it to a special dinner? Opt for a morning coffee date instead at Graze 1885. They’re upstair seating area is romantic and especially quiet in the mornings.

Make reservations for you and your special someone at The Cafe Moonlight for a scrumptious treat.

If you’re wanting to stay in for the night, but don’t want to make dessert, order one of Pea-Fections specialty desserts offered for Valentine’s Day and take it home to enjoy!

Indulge in a romantic date night experience complete with mood lighting, delicious food, and a nice selection of wine at Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta. Any date here is sure to wow your S.O.

 

Be sure to leave a comment on what you’re planning to do this Valentine’s Day!

Eating Like a Local

A huge part of any travel experience is getting to know local traditions, history and culture. Lucky for you, one can get in touch with all three aspects of these just by eating. We’ve compiled a list of some well-known local restaurants that are sure to make you feel like a native Knox County resident during your time with us!

Sweet

Fudge, chocolate, donuts and more, there are multiple “must try’s” while you’re visiting.

Melon Patch – Specialty

Charlie’s Caramel Corn & Candy Shop – Desserts/Specialty

Jenna’s Bakehouse – Desserts

Fossmeyer’s – Breakfast

Swirls – Desserts

Graze 1885 – Breakfast

Pea-Fections – Desserts/Specialty

 

Savory

If you’re looking for a lunch or dinner spot, any of these Knox County favorites will have you feeling like a local in no time.

The Melon Patch – All American

Dogwood Barbeque – All American

Dragon 2000 – Asian

Bill Bobe’s Pizzeria – Italian

Byron Bobe’s Pizza House – Italian

Nicole’s – All American

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – All American

Procopio’s Pizza & Pasta – Italian

El Corral – Mexican

La Fiesta (2 locations) – Mexican

Graze 1885 – Specialty

Pea-Fections – Specialty

Cafe Moonlight – Steaks & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Steak & Seafood

Montana Mikes – Steak & Seafood

 

Drinks

Don’t forget to fuel up when you’re hitting the road, or wind down if you’re spending the weekend with some delicious drinks from these local eateries.

I’Mpressed Coffee – Coffee

Graze 1885 – Coffee/Specialty

Vincennes Brewing Company – Bar

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Bar/All American

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Gilbert’s Restaurant & Pub – Bar/Steak & Seafood

Pick Your Tour in Knox County

We invite you to “Relive the Story” of Indiana’s Territorial Past. The area’s significant history presents a unique glance into the past through its showcase of historical sites. We’ve put together a list of all the historical tours available for visitors and local residents to take advantage of!

Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy

1 Hour Tour

This museum celebrates the life and legacy of one of American’s greatest comedians. This unique interactive experience will entice and entertain visitors of all ages and will continue Red’s Legacy of Laughter for generations to come.


Indiana Military Museum

1 Hour Tour

The Indiana Military Museum has one of the most outstanding displays of vintage vehicles, weaponry, uniforms and artifacts from the Civil War through current military engagements.


Grouseland, William Henry Harrison’s Mansion & Museum

45 Min. Tour

Grouseland is the former home of William henry Harrison and his family during his term as Governor of the Indiana Territory, 1803-1812, during which the house served as the focal point of social and official life of the Territory.


Old Cathedral Complex: Basilica of St. Francis Xavier & Library/Museum

1 Hour Tour

The current Old Cathedral was built in 1826 and stands on the site of three previous churches. Located across he courtyard, the library contains rare volumes dating back to 1319, historic artifacts and books.


George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

1 Hour Tour

Located on the site of the former British Fort Sackville, this park features a massive granite memorial which commemorates its capture by Colonel George Rogers Clark and his army. The moment of the fort’s surrender of February 25, 1779 marks the birth of the United States north of the Ohio River.


Vincennes State Historic Sites: Indiana Territory Capitol

45 Min. Tour

Vincennes served as the capital of the Indiana Territory and one of the buildings used by the Territory Legislature is preserved and considered the oldest major government building in the Midwest.


Make Vincennes/Knox County, Indiana your destination! Contact us for group tour information and planning services.

Loretta Day, Administrative Assistant
800-886-6443

Download a sample group tour itinerary here!

Winter Activities

It’s the middle of January, but there are still plenty of winter activities to enjoy in Knox County!

Visit 1972 for laser tag, video games, rock climbing, foot darts, and more!  Admission is charged.

Bundle up and take a stroll on the grounds of the George Rogers Clark NHP and Riverwalk or take a hike on the trails at Ouabache Trails Park.

Visit the Red Skelton Museum and you’re sure to leave with a smile.  The fully interactive Museum explores Red’s life and career as well as American Comedy.

Warm up with a coffee drink from Graze 1885, Peafections or I’Mpressed Coffee.

Take a swim at the YMCA during open swim times.  Membership is required, visit their website or app for swim times.

Feed your creative side at one of the downtown art galleries.  Exhibits are changed regularly and many pieces are available for sale.

Check out a new book at the Knox County Public Library.  Stay and read it in the sunroom or cuddle up with the book at home.

Brush up on your Indiana history by touring our local historic sites, George Rogers Clark NHP, Grouseland, and the Vincennes State Historic Sites.  George Rogers Clark has free admission.

Meet a friend at the Vincennes Brewing Company, Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room or Windy Knoll Winery for an adult beverage!  Must be 21 to visit the winery or brewing company.

Tour the Indiana Military Museum for look at military artifacts spanning the Civil War through the present day.

Stop by the Visitors Bureau, 779 South 6th Street, to pick up 2020 Indiana Festival or Travel Guides and explore our great state!

Get Fit in Knox County

Starting an exercise routine can be scary and intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Vincennes/Knox County has so many different options for people looking to invest in their physical and mental health.

Fitness Facilities & Yoga

The YMCA of Vincennes, located at 2010 College Avenue, has both a weight and cardio room, as well as two different pools, two full basketball courts, indoor pickleball courts and offer a variety of exercise classes throughout the week for members.

Willow Street’s Anytime Fitness is open 24 hours a day. This location is great for those who have hectic schedules that might not allow them to use a facility with normal business hours.

Planet Fitness is also a 24 hour fitness facility that offers one-on-one training and a variety of weight and cardio equipment all at low monthly rates for their customers.

Vincennes University offers seasonal classes throughout the year, and has a large weights and cardio section.

Elements is a local fitness studio located at 4 North Second Street. Their highly skilled staff teaches classes such as drumming, hot yoga, rowing, and aerial yoga! They’re definitely the spot to go if you’re wanting to spice up your workout routine.

Farmers Market of Historic Vincennes offers free outdoor yoga during the warmer months of the year.

TRY Knox County

Each summer, the Vincennes Parks and Recreation Department hosts the TRY Knox County, which is a triathlon and duathlon. The TRY offers people of all fitness levels a chance to conquer a challenging physical feat, while also giving back to a local not-for-profit organization. This event is open to both men and women, and draws hundreds of residents each year to Gregg Park and Rainbow Beach.

Community Get Fit Challenge

Good Samaritan and the YMCA of Vincennes have recently kicked off their second Community Get Fit Challenge for Knox County. This is a community-wide weight loss challenge. Individuals and teams of four can participate in this 12-week program, from January 4 to March 28. Each participant will receive guidance and information from dietitians, monthly exercise plans developed by certified trainers, helpful tips to promote mental health, and access to free recipes, fitness demonstrations and tips on decreasing stress.

Parks & Walking Trails

Knox County parks offer many opportunities for citizens to get out and walk. The loop around Gregg Park is one of the county’s most popular parks, also featuring a newly added pickleball court. Ouabache Trials Park has miles of walking trails for those who desire to get out and explore nature. If you prefer a riverside view, Vincennes’ Riverwalk is a walking path that connects to the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and the newly renovated Kimmel Park.

 

Ideas For Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is less than a week away, and many of us have indulged during the holidays and might be reevaluating some life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to start making changes in your life! We’ve put together a list of some common New Year’s resolutions with ways you can implement them, locally!

Exercise

Losing weight is always one of the top resolutions. To help kick start your fitness journey, try taking part in the Good Samaritan and YMCA of Vincennes Get Fit Challenge!

Sleep

With TV’s, computers, smartphones, tablets and every other piece of technology there is out there, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. Instead of scrolling on Facebook before hitting the hay, try decompressing by reading a few pages in a book from the Knox County Public Library.

Learn a New Skill/Hobby

Sitting in your house watching TV every day can get boring. It’s must better to use your free time in a more constructive way and pick up a new skill at the same time! Elements offers a variety of fitness classes like aerial yoga that can bring you outside of your comfort zone.

Get Better Acquainted with Local History

Whether you were born and raised here, or you’re just looking to visit, getting reacquainted with local history is something easy that anyone can do without driving hours away. Check out our blog on some different historical sites you should visit!

Spend More Time with Family and Friends

There is too little time in this life to waste it, so we should focus on the people we care about and who care about us! Find activities you can do together, like Trivia Night at the VBC, or going for a weekly walk on the Riverwalk.

Shop Locally

Did you know that when you shop at a local shop, every $1 spent, 67 cents stays in our community! Knox County has a vast array of local shops for you to choose from for anything you need!

Take the Stairs

Getting out and walking a little bit every day can be a huge help to your health. Try taking the stairs instead of riding the elevator, or go for a walk at the George Rogers Clark NHP and walk up and down the stairs at the monument for a change of scenery.

Plan a Staycation

Vacations can be time consuming to plan, so instead of traveling far away, why not plan a staycation right here in Knox County? Check out our blog on why planning a staycation at home is a great option this summer!

Save Money

A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling, fixing up the house, or going back to school are a welcome change of pace. Reach out to one of our amazing financial advisors in town to see how they can help get the ball rolling for you.

Learn About Your Family History

Knowing your families history is an amazing way to connect with ancestors. Stop by the Knox County Public Library’s Genealogy department to check out records including birth records, high school yearbooks and family histories.

Volunteer

Devoting some of your time and energy to helping those in need is a reward in itself, but it’s also an opportunity to meet new people and learn a new skill. Contact one of Knox County’s many nonprofit organizations to see what volunteer opportunities are out there for you!

Donate Old Clothes

Going through your closet and getting rid of things you don’t wear anymore is a great way to start off the New Year! When you’ve done that, consider donating those unwanted clothes to one of our local charity organizations such as the Salvation Army instead of throwing them away.

Get Artsy

Topics like art, music and culture can be easy to comprehend if you spend time learning about them. Try checking out one of our local Art Galleries on the First Friday Art Walk, or supporting one of our local bands on the weekends.

Attend a New Event

There seems to almost always be an event happening in Knox County. Whether that’s the Rendezvous, Spring or Autumn on Main, the First City Music Fest and so much more. Get out and support these local organizations and events!

 

Cozy Gathering Places Around Knox County

*Picture from Graze 1885 Facebook page

It can often feel difficult to find a nice, cozy place to get some work done, or just relax. Whether you’re looking for a new study spot, a quiet place to finish a book, or just a place to get some work done, Knox County has plenty of cozy gathering places for everyone to take advantage of.

Graze 1885

Graze 1885 is a Café, Bakehouse and Wine Bar opening at 116 Main St. in Vincennes, IN, the former location of Old Town Tavern. Graze has a great seating selection, with multiple plug ins and cozy, quiet areas to work or gather with friends.

The Knox County Public Library

The library offers various hidden spots that are perfect when you’re trying to get some work done.

I’Mpressed Coffee

Whether you’re meeting with friends or cramming for your next exam, I’Mpressed is the place to go. They have both booth and table seating, as well as an outdoor seating section. And did we mention they have free Wifi?

VU Student Center

If you’re a VU student, the VU Student Center is a great location to get away for a few hours to get homework done.

Vincennes Brewing Company

The VBC is a great location to meet with friends and grab a beer, with bar seating, and multiple seating options on their lower level.

Did we leave something out? Let us know your go-to cozy spot in Knox County in the comments!

 

 

Cheap Lunches Around Knox County

Many of Knox County’s most treasured destinations are some of our local restaurants. We created this guide to cheap lunches around the county for anyone who doesn’t feel like packing their lunch or needs a last minute lunch date spot. If we forgot one of your favorites, please let us know in the comments!

Byron Bobe’s Pizza House

A favorite local restaurant, this pizza house serves up a lunch combo of pizza and breadsticks or a salad for less than $8.

Gracie’s

This quaint restaurant located in the former Fort Sackville Bowling Center serves daily lunch specials varying from pasta, baked potatoes, and sandwiches for a great price.

Old Chicago Pizza & Tap Room

Their special lunch menu includes either endless salad and an individual pizza or a variety of burgers and sandwiches, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eater. Their lunch menu is only available from 11 AM – 3 PM Monday-Friday.

The Cafe Moonlight

From 11 AM – 2 PM on Tuesday-Friday’s, you can experience this upscale diner with a wide lunch menu with offerings from salad to burgers to tenderloin.

Olde Thyme Diner

A classic greasy spoon diner with daily lunch specials. Check their Facebook page for more information.

Moore & Miller Emporium

Situated in a historic drugstore dating back to 1821, this casual restaurant offers daily plate specials of sandwiches, soups and salads. Check out their Facebook page for the daily deals.

Pea-Fections

From soups to salads to sandwiches to desserts, Pea-Fections has them all, and at a dang good price, too. They also offer extended lunch offerings from 2-4 PM. Truly a place after our own heart.

Graze 1885

Specialty sandwiches and salads makes up their menu, paired with a few daily soups – grab lunch here for less than $15/person.

Dot’s Cafe

Hometown cooking with full breakfasts and an extensive lunch menu with daily specials.

Procopio’s Pizza & Pasts

Get authentic Italian cuisine at the low price of X off their lunch menu, offering pasta, pizza and salad specials for $7.99.

Dutch Pantry

A full deli providing various meats, cheese and that amazing Amish bread. Grab a sandwich and a bag of chips for a quick lunch!

El Corral

Serving a special lunch menu from 11 AM – 3 PM, get your favorite Mexican dish Monday-Saturday at a discounted price.

The Melon Patch

A Melon Patch Special, get one sandwich with a choice of homemade salad or chips and a pickle spear for less than $8!

 

*Some restaurants are not featured because we couldn’t find a lunch menu for them. For other local lunch specials, please check with the restaurant personally.