The Midwest’s Premier Revolutionary War Reenactment!
May 27, 2023
9 AM – 6 PM EST
May 28, 2023
10 AM – 5 PM EST
Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous is an exciting event that brings the American Revolution to life! Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, 2023, this reenactment of the US revolutionary war will immerse you in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the 18th century. Experience history firsthand during this unforgettable weekend.
Throughout the event, you’ll witness authentic battle enactments held multiple times. Hungry? You’ll have the opportunity to savor food prepared over open fires, just like they did in the 18th century. Additionally, merchant tents will be set up, offering a wide array of goods from that era. Entertainment will be available all day, including period music, children’s games, storytellers, and even demonstrations with oxen.
Explore the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Grounds, walk through the encampment and interact with members of the North West Territory Alliance (NWTA). Don’t miss the color ceremony, an 18th Century Fashion Show, and a parade of uniforms. If you’re interested, you can also catch a film at the Visitor’s Center.
Inside the Memorial, you’ll have the opportunity to see the impressive 7 1/2 foot bronze statue of George Rogers Clark and marvel at the seven 28-foot murals painted by Ezra Winter. These murals tell the story of Clark’s capture of Fort Sackville during the American Revolution.
To wrap up your weekend, head over to the Memorial for some period music and the NWTA closing ceremony. You can also enjoy the evening colors and a troop parade. It’ll be a fantastic way to conclude this immersive experience.
Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to step back in time and relive the American Revolution. Join us for a weekend filled with history, excitement, and a glimpse into the past.
Importance of Vincennes
The military campaign led by George Rogers Clark from 1778 to 1779 was a major achievement during the American Revolution in the western part of the country, specifically the area west of the Appalachian Mountains. The campaign reached its pinnacle with the capture of Fort Sackville in Vincennes along the Wabash River. This accomplishment had a significant impact on the American Revolution by disrupting British war plans in the western theater. Clark’s victory at Vincennes, along with American control over the western frontier for the remainder of the Revolution, played a crucial role in securing the Northwest Territory.
The Northwest Territory became an important part of American history due to the approval of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 by Congress. This ordinance provided a long-lasting national strategy for the settlement and administration of new territories. Its influence on westward expansion patterns was profound, shaping the course of future developments in the United States.
The George Rogers Clark Memorial, situated at the site of Fort Sackville, stands as the largest memorial on any American battlefield. It encompasses the memorial’s landscaped grounds, statues, and the approach to the Lincoln Memorial Bridge. This composition exemplifies the commemorative practices of the early to mid-20th century in America, serving as a testament to this important chapter in history.