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George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

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"Great things have been effected by a few men well conducted."

The British flag would not be raised above Fort Sackville Feb. 25, 1779. At 10 a.m., the garrison surrendered to American Colonel George Rogers Clark. His American army, aided by French residents of the Illinois country, had marched through freezing floodwaters to gain this victory. The fort's capture assured United States claims to the frontier, an area nearly as large as the original 13 states.

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park offers lessons about 18th century frontier life as experienced by pioneers along the western fringe of the American Revolution. To take in the park's movie and the Clark memorial, visitors are encouraged to set aside at least one hour. However, should more time be available. . .

The park also provides opportunities for family and recreational time. A picnic area is located near the visitor center parking area. Sidewalks are strategically located throughout the park leading to a variety of monuments and statues offering a unique area in which to stroll and to explore.

Park grounds are located adjacent to the downtown area of Vincennes. While visiting the park, make time to wander the sidewalks. Visit Vincennes' unique shops, antique stores, and flavorful diners.

Things To Do

A 30-minute movie on Clark's western campaign is offered every 1/2 hour. This film, Long Knives, is a great way to learn about Clark's exploits in the Illinois Country and is a good way to begin a visit.

A six-minute audio program is provided in the Clark Memorial. This program will guide you through the seven murals and the story they represent.

The visitor center offers brochures, maps, handouts, and other information about the history, the people, and other sites. Exhibits within the building explore Fort Sackville, the various cultures involved in the Clark story, and other facets of the conquest of the Northwest Territory.

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Hours:The park visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. The memorial is open from 9 a.m. till 4:45 p.m. (Times are Eastern time. Terre Haute to the north is located within the Eastern Time Zone while Evansville to the south is within the Central Time Zone. All of Illinois is within the Central time Zone.) The park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


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