George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

On February 25, 1779, the surrender of British troops to soldiers led by Colonel George Rogers Clark near Vincennes, Indiana, added a new frontier to America that was almost as large as the original 13 states. This area where no one could settle had been under British control since the French Indian War. However, the victory had not come easy as soldiers led by Clark often marched through icy waters up to their shoulders to reach Vincennes, where Clark met with British leader Hamilton. Today, there are many different buildings that can be found at this site to help you understand the story of what happened during the cold winter of 1779 better. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Start your visit at the Visitors Center to learn more about the story by watching the 30-minute documentary and checking out the exhibits. Then, head out to see the Clark Memorial. Workers constructed the rotunda memorial with its Doric columns between 1931 and 1932. Follow the short path to see other exhibits and interpretive panels. Living history demonstrations sometimes occur at this site as well. 

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How To Get To George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

Start your visit to George Rogers Clark National Historical Park at the Visitors Center located at 401 South 2nd Street. It is easy to get to this park from Evansville by taking US-41 North. Then, take the Indiana 441 North Exit. Turn right to get on that road. Continue straight, and you will be on Willow Street. Turn right onto 2nd Street. You will reach your destination in about 0.2 miles. This park is closed on all major holidays, and it is often closed on federal holidays. It gets busiest during the summer when families come to this area to explore history. It can also get busy in the spring when the fish are biting because you can fish from shore at this location. 


401 South 2nd Street, Vincennes, Indiana 48591

Fee: Entry fee $0

Learn the role that George Rogers Clark and his brave soldiers played in protecting the Indiana Territory from the British by visiting the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. Then, throw a line in the river to see if the fish are biting. Vincennes was the capital of the Indiana Territory, and you will also want to explore other nearby attractions. It is also Red Skelton’s birthplace, and you will want to explore the museum dedicated to his life. With such an array of activities and sights to pursue in Vincennes, including shopping and dining in the historic downtown area, bringing your RV is the ideal option to get it all done. If you do not have one, renting one on RVshare.com is the way to go. There are many different options available, so you can choose what is right for you and your traveling companions.