George Rogers Clark Historical Park Vincennes
Where is it at?
George Rogers Clark Historical Park
401 S. 2nd St.
Tel: 812 882-1776
Where are we going today?
History doesn't have to be boring! You can be a part of it at the George Rogers Clark Historical Park, the site where the British, American Indians and French militia all came together as part of the American Revolutionary War. It's certainly an important part of the USA's history!
As soon as you step foot into the memorial rotunda, you can feel the presence of George Rogers Clark. There is a bronze statue of Clark that you can see - did you know he was only 25 years old when he decided to lead the frontiersmen into Illinois County? That's pretty impressive! He had a vision, that would end the raids of Indian frontier settlements.
Have a look at the walls of the memorial rotunda - there are seven in total which all depict the Clark expedition story. They are a HUGE 28 feet tall and 16 feet long. It took a total of two years to complete - we don't know if we would have that kind of patience!
The stone memorial stands 85 feet tall, and you can get a sense of what it's all about with the 30 minute movie that you can watch when you arrive.
It's great for people who love history, and love learning. You will come away with some amazing facts! Did you know that the British soldiers wore wool uniforms all year round? (We couldn't!) Did you know that the Indians and the French-speaking people that lived in the northwest actually supported both sides of the conflict?
The George Rogers Clark Historical Park makes learning fun! The Visitor Center is a great place to start, because you can pick up some handouts, maps, and other information on the park. There are also exhibits within the building that cover the various cultures that were involved in the Clark story, and other facets of this conquest of the Northwest Territory.
Get right to the heart of history and immerse yourself in a fascinating part of the country’s development with the George Rogers Clark Historical Park!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Visitor Center 9am - 5pm. Memorial open 9am - 4:45pm
All year round. Closed federal holidays except Memorial Day, 4th July and Labor Day.
School groups are more than welcome at the park! School visits can include three programs at the park, and allow time of at least an hour. Make sure you allow extra time for the museum and gift shop! .
The local area has plenty of restaurant options, both chain and locally owned, so you can always pick something up or enjoy lunch before or after your visit. .
There are PLENTY of healthy options in Vincennes! Always a good idea to bring bottled water and some healthy snacks, especially if you have kids to keep up their energy. .
Any Top Tips?
You can bring your own pet, but they must be on a leach less than 6 feet in length. You can't take them into buildings. .
Doing our bit
The museum and park is dedicated to continuing to preserve the legacy and stories of this historic man. .
Need a little extra help?
The visitor center is wheelchair accessible, however the Clark Memorial has 33 steps to reach the front door, but it does have a handrail. Service animals are allowed. .
Can I get one of those?
There of course is a gift shop where you can pick up some fun items to remember your trip by! Great to continue the education too. .
Because this site is now a free experience, they no longer sell America The Beautiful National Park passes. There are nearby locations where you can do this now .
What people are saying?
by Yegor Momot
Must see if you are passing through town. The memorial building is quite impressive.
by Jay Martin
Visit if you are in the area
by Michael Folsom
by A Google User
It was a very good visit. This place is a very important place of significance. It isn't a place where you are going to spend hours, but, it is a place to spend 60-90 minutes. With Grouseland, the Catholic Church and this Memorial, Vincennes is a great place to visit.
by A Google User