Vincennes is a city in Southwestern Indiana.


Vincennes is the oldest town in Indiana. It was founded in 1732 as a French fur trading post. The British eventually moved in calling it Fort Sackville. A revolt took place in 1778, the Brits took it back under control, then, in 1779 George Rogers Clark captured the city (hence the National Park of his name). The city has a university of its namesake, and was home to President Harrison in the early 1800s. It was the capital of Indiana from 1800 until 1813.

The city's history is unique compared to any other Midwestern town, and the historical relevance is plentiful. The nice thing about Vincennes - things are close together, within blocks at times, and cheap. One can eat, drink and learn on a very cheap budget.


Get in

By car

Just north of Evansville and south of Terre Haute, Vincennes is in the middle of two major interstates, yet connected by a few interstates. US 150 breaks off from I-70 heading south from Terre Haute to Vincennes. Heading from Evansville? Take I-64 and head north on US 41 right to Vincennes.

By plane

Get around

A car is your best bet, however, walking is good for downtown activities.


Outdoors and Landmarks



Festivals and Events

Held in conjunction with the Red Skelton Celebration yearly event, downtown Vincennes.




Other fun







There are plenty of chains to stay in the area, below is a list of unique and local places to sleep!



By phone

Most telephone numbers in Vincennes consist of +1 812 plus a seven-digit number, but a second area code (+1 930) was overlain onto the entire 812 area in September 2014. A local or in-state telephone call now requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 812 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next

Routes through Vincennes

Chicago Terre Haute  N  S  Evansville Hopkinsville
St. Louis Salem  W  E  Bedford Seymour
Danville Terre Haute  W  E  Floyds Knobs Louisville
END  SW  NE  Spencer Indianapolis

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