Best of both worlds
Good Samaritan is located in Vincennes, Ind., a community often described as offering “small-town living with big-city flair.” As
home to Vincennes University, it offers many of the amenities found in larger cities while maintaining the friendliness, comfort and safety found in small towns. While Vincennes appears secluded, it has easy access to Indianapolis, Chicago, Nashville, Evansville, Louisville, St. Louis and Bloomington. You can hop on a freeway and explore a variety of large city cultures, then return to the serenity of your small-town home.
Options abound for your living choices in Knox County. Older, well-built homes with charm and character line the streets of our historic downtown, while prestigious custom-build homes are available in neighborhoods and more rural settings. From quaint downtown neighborhoods, to the well-manicured landscapes of subdivisions, to quiet country living, Knox County has a variety of areas to suit your individual needs.
Indiana’s first college town
Vincennes University, Indiana’s first college, is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for its leadership in innovation and recognized as one of the top industrial education institutions in the country. Offering over 200 associate, bachelor and certificate degrees, Vincennes University is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates.
VU was recently recognized for aligning its programming closely with the state’s goals for higher education and economic development. Recent advances include adoption of the General Education Transfer Core Certificate program so students can take their credits to any higher education institution in Indiana. In addition, the university is partnering with Toyota in a program in which students pursue a degree while working part time at Toyota.
Vincennes University is not all business, its striking Red Skelton Performing Arts Center brings culture and entertainment to students and community members. Big-city art, music and theater productions visit the campus year-round.
Knox County is proud of its award-winning public and private school systems as well as multiple early childhood programs. New state-of-the-art buildings and historic facilities, updated with the latest technology, offer a variety of school choices for parents in search of just the right fit for their child.
Elementary schools offer virtual field trips to faraway places, Accelerated Reader programs, and honors classes to broaden the scope of learning. Outstanding educational experiences at the high schools encompass foreign languages, the arts, AP classes, and all subjects required to fulfill Indiana’s Academic Honors Diploma requirements. Twin Rivers Vocational School teams up with local high schools to allow interested students to get a head start on their careers during their junior and senior years. High schools also partner with Vincennes University to offer Link courses that provide seniors with a chance to attend classes on the university’s campus. These experiences not only provide an enriching educational experience, they allow students to graduate with a substantial number of college credits and get a jump on college!
Founded in 1732, Vincennes values its heritage, and it shows it by preserving the past while carefully planning for the economic development needed to build the future. As you stroll down Main Street, you are surrounded by beautiful landscaping, specialty boutiques, posh home décor stores, and cuisine that will satisfy even the pickiest palate.
From gourmet foods, to mouth-watering steaks, to handmade pizza, you can find restaurants to satisfy every craving in Vincennes. In the mood for ice cream? Take turns visiting locally owned and operated ice cream shops featuring homemade ice creams, sorbets, pies, soups and sandwiches.
Vincennes businesses offer a nice range of merchandise, too. Whether you are shopping for a unique gift, a piece for your home or a trendy outfit, you will find just the right something in one of the many specialty shops in Vincennes. Merchants line the Main Street downtown as well as fill the new retail areas on both sides of town.
Abundant Recreational Activities
Whether you want to stretch your muscles or your mind, Vincennes has something for you. From the arts, to sports, to the great outdoors, there is something for everyone.
Vincennes appreciates the arts. Since the opening of the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, Vincennes has become a favorite stop for many performers, including musicians, comedians and illusionists. Theater lovers will find much to appreciate in the plays of the Old Town Players as well as productions by the university and local schools. In addition, history comes alive at area historical sites, including the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park and Grouseland, the former mansion of William Henry Harrison.
The Northwest Territory Art Guild hosts art shows for local artists, and small exhibits and art classes are offered by Blue Moon Art Gallery. Psi Iota Xi hosts an ARTventures Camp under the skillful guidance of artisan-educators. Children explore and develop their artistic talents in visual and performing arts and end the week with an art exhibit and a final performance. During the spring, summer and fall, Fresh Air Flicks feature outdoor movies and fun for the whole family.
Indiana is known for its enthusiasm for sports, and Vincennes is no exception. High school and college teams boast titles in a variety of sports, and fans pour in to show their support. Vincennes has been honored to have some of our talented area athletes advance their careers to both the collegiate and professional levels.
Vincennes offers plenty of opportunities to turn you into an athlete, too. Swimming, basketball, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading are available at the YMCA and through private studios, schools and city leagues. For those seeking a healthier lifestyle, local fitness centers offer strength training, exercise and dance classes, and personal training.
Knox County has an array of scenic parks for outdoor fun, whether you want to picnic, camp, hike, swim or explore. Families enjoy Ouabache Trails Park and its 254 acres of beautiful woods, with camping areas and marked trails to hike or bike. Kimmell Park near the university features a boat launch and unique structures built by the Works Progress Administration. Gregg Park is the centerpiece of the Vincennes parks system, with tennis courts, a volleyball pit, and playground equipment galore. It also has a bandshell for summer concerts. Speaking of summer, Rainbow Beach is our public swimming facility, with water features for all ages.
Other outdoor fun
Knox County has three 18-hole golf courses and a premier driving range that is open seven days a week. Rivers, lakes and even hills for skiing are all nearby. Lake Monroe, Patoka Lake, Sullivan Lake, Hovey Lake Fish & Wildlife Area and Shawnee National Forest are just a short drive away.
So is Holiday World and Splashing Safari! It boasts the world’s longest water coaster – with one-third mile of twists, drops and turns – and the world’s tallest water ride