Hidden Indiana – July 7 – 8, 2020


JULY 7 – 8, 2020

Depart Lafayette at 7:30 AM, Lebanon at 8:00 and Indianapolis at 9:00AM.

Includes motorcoach transportation, 1 night lodging, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, admissions per itinerary and Imperial Escort.

Welcome to Indiana’s forgotten or unknown past.

Tour Historic Vincennes, IN and Knox County with a local guide.  Vincennes was first settled by the French in 1732 and is our state’s oldest city. Knox County is named after General Henry Knox, the first US Secretary of War under George Washington. The county was the site of Indiana’s only Revolutionary War battle in 1779 which became George Rogers Clark National Memorial commemorated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. William Henry Harrison was Indiana’s Territorial Governor and his mansion which he named Grouseland was completed in 1804. Harrison became our 9th president and his father Benjamin Harrison was one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence. Other visits include: Eli Stout Print Shop, Indiana’s first newspaper, Jefferson Academy, Indiana’s first school of higher learning, The Red House where the first legislature met and Old State Bank, the first bank in Indiana.

Lyles Station, IN whose most notable son is Alonzo Fields, the White House butler to four US presidents from Hoover to Eisenhower and the subject of James Still’s one man play “Looking Over the President’s Shoulder”. Our docent lead visit brings to life the Lyles Station story which began around the 1840s.  Two free African Americans from Tennessee, Joshua Lyles and his brother Sanford Lyles, purchased land near the Wabash, White, and Patoka Rivers in southwestern Indiana with help from local Quakers. Lyles aided fugitive slaves coming north from Tennessee during the antebellum period.  He offered them a safe haven to either settle in or to rest until they continued to other locations on the Underground Railroad. The Lyles Consolidated School building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a rare surviving manifestation of Indiana’s rural African American heritage.

We will overnight in Evansville and coach will be available to take you to area restaurants for dinner on your own.

Lincoln Pioneer Village- One of southern Indiana’s true gems of living history. Travel back through time and walk through cabins showing life as it was during Abe Lincoln’s early years. Costumed interpreters and guides bring to life cabins depicting life 200 years ago as Lincoln would have lived it. Displays of military artifacts, clothing, utensils, spinning wheels and a rare rocker beater loom still in use today.

Millstone Dining Room at Spring Mill State Park- One of Indiana’s most picturesque state parks, enjoy a lunch buffet that is sure to include an item or two with stone ground corn from the Pioneer Village grist mill.

Meier Winery, located in Sullivan County, Meier Winery uses local spring water for their delicious wines.  Our included lunch will be the Amish Buffet at Dogwood Barbeque in Vincennes.

Estimated return time to Lafayette is 6 PM.