2019 Spirit of Vincennes Encampment & Rendezvous
Join us for the 42nd Annual Spirit of Vincennes Encampment & Rendezvous on May 25-26, 2019 at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana. Every Memorial Day weekend, the Spirit of Vincennes Encampment, one of the premier Revolutionary War reenactments in the Midwest takes place here. Experience the American Revolution at a Living History Event, along with Revolutionary Era food, merchants, battle enactments and encampments of the Northwest Alliance. More than 100 booths with re-enacters demonstrating early frontier skills and merchants selling period wares. Entertainment on site such as strolling musicians, puppet shows, jugglers, oxen demonstration and more.
Spirit of Vincennes Encampment & Rendezvous
This US revolutionary war reenactment offers all the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the 18th century. Join 400 to 500 reenactors along with 35,000 visitors for this unforgettable weekend. For years, local community members have put on this annual two-day event that features hundreds of merchants, artisans, entertainers, and colonial reenactors who bring the Revolutionary War to life on the French Commons.
There will be artillery demonstrations, battle reenactments, fife and drum corps marching through the grounds, a stage filled with music, and even a cozy corner under a tree to hear lectures to learn more about the time period. Many mercantile craftsmen demonstrate their skills from their tents, roaming entertainers will tickle your funny bone, and the smell of locally cooked food will tempt your belly.
Local civic groups provide fare for the Spirit of Vincennes Encampment, cooked fresh on the grounds over an open flame. Popular items include beignets, turkey legs, buffalo burgers, and sausage stuffed mushrooms.
The grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For only $9, you can purchase a button in advance good for admission for both days, available at the Vincennes/Knox Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday: 9am – 6pm (EDT)
Battles held at 1pm and 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm (EDT)
Battles held at 12 noon and 3:30pm
4:30pm Fife & Drum Corp Performances
5:00pm NWTA Closing Ceremony, Evening Colors & Troop Parade
Single-Day Pass – $10.00/Adult, 13+
Single-Day Pass – $2.00/child, 6-12
Children 5 and under, FREE
Authentic battle reenactments are held four times during the event. Food from the era is prepared over open fires and merchant tents offer 18th century wares. All-day entertainment includes period music, jugglers, fire eaters, story tellers, oxen demonstrations and more.
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous & Encampment Mini-Gallery
Food booths at the Spirit of Vincennes Encampment will offer a variety of taste tempting treats. Many visitors returning to the Rendezvous come simply to enjoy the foods. Food cooked over an open fire adds to the flavor and aroma of this 18th century gathering. A sampling of items available are listed below.
All food booths at the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous are operated by local nonprofit organizations. The funds raised are used to help these groups do wonderful things for Knox County and it’s residents. The number of food booths is limited. All foods served during the Rendezvous must be reminiscent of the time and all food must be prepared in accordance with state health regulations.
Food Booth Contact: Foodbooths@spiritofvincennnes.org
Spirit of Vincennes Encampment Location:
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, venue of the Spirit of Vincennes Encampment, is a National Park Service site located in Vincennes, Indiana. The Clark Memorial sits on the site of Fort Sackville, which was captured by Clark in 1779. This helped win the Northwest for the United States.
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
401 S 2nd Street
Vincennes, IN 47591
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Spirit of Vincennes Encampment & Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, Indiana.
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