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Our Community

Our Community

Best of Both Worlds

Good Samaritan is located in Vincennes, county seat of Knox County. We are a historic community, nestled on the banks of the Wabash River. A city with an esteemed past and vibrant future, Vincennes is positioned as a great place to raise a family and build a career. It offers many of the amenities found in larger cities while maintaining the friendliness, comfort and safety found in small towns. With easy access to Evansville, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis, Nashville and Chicago, it’s easy to hop on a freeway and explore large city culture, then return to the serenity of your small-town home.

Many choices await those who make their home in Knox County. Prestigious custom-built homes in neighborhoods and well-built homes with land abound, but if you prefer a home with charm and character, you can also find a home built in the early 1900’s updated to meets the demands of today’s lifestyle. 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 oldest college has positioned itself at the forefront of education and manufacturing technology, working to collaborate with regional business owners and community leaders in helping to improve the workforce and increase the local job pool. With just about 4,000 students on campus, students here also benefit from smaller class sizes and one-on-one teacher attention.

VU offers a variety of degrees in a multitude of fields. With more than 150 degree programs to choose from, including a growing number of baccalaureate programs, local students and students from around the country can earn a quality education right here in Vincennes.

Top-Tier Schools

Knox County is proud of its award-winning public and private school systems as well as multiple early childhood programs. With fantastic preschool to high school options, you can find a school where your child will thrive.

Elementary schools offer virtual field trips to faraway places, enriched learning experiences, and honors classes to broaden the scope of learning. Outstanding educational curriculums at the high schools encompass foreign languages, the arts, AP classes, and all subjects required to fulfill Indiana’s Academic Honors Diploma requirements. High schools also partner with Vincennes University to offer seniors 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!

Twin Rivers Vocational School also teams up with local high schools to allow interested students to get a head start on their careers during their junior and senior years.

Small-Town Charm

Founded in 1732, Vincennes values its heritage, and 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, trendy home décor stores and cuisine that will satisfy even the pickiest palate.

Vincennes has earned recognition as a community whose locals have never met a stranger. Downtown has once again become a vibrant area with beautiful landscaping and architecture. Whether you’re looking to explore the locally owned shops that line Main Street, score a timeless heirloom in our antique district, or grab a craft cocktail at one of the local breweries, wineries or restaurants, there’s something for everyone here.

Abundant Recreational Activities

All work and no play makes for a pretty dull lifestyle; but don’t worry, you will find plenty to keep you and your family busy around Vincennes and Knox County. Whether you’re a shopper, a historian, the outdoor type, or just enjoy a good workout, the area boasts several events to look forward to every year. The Vincennes Rendezvous, TRY Knox County, the Red Skelton Festival, Fourth of July in Vincennes, Watermelon Festival and Annual Parade of Lights & Christmas Stroll are all unique to Vincennes and Knox County. Be sure to check out local art galleries, museums and the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. Immerse yourself in our outdoor fun by biking, hiking and swimming at one of our many parks or take a stroll down our picturesque Riverwalk overlooking the Wabash River. Join one of many types of yoga classes, spend the day at the spa, or walk the miles of beauty at one of the local parks. The opportunities to enjoy your time off with family and friends are plentiful!

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 mansion of former President 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. Youngsters can participate in ARTventures Camp, where they can, explore and develop their artistic talents in visual and performing arts, under the skillful guidance of artisan-educators.

Several venues offer live entertainment on their schedule during the spring and summer. Beginning in the spring, live music can be found at the ever-growing Farmer’s Market every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as local honey, and grass-fed beef, are just a few of the options. You can even enjoy the local health food store offering authentic Asian cuisine on most Saturdays!

Sports

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.

And don’t forget the little ones! Youth sports is growing every year in several organizations. Your child can participate in any number of recreational and competitive leagues ranging from wrestling, soccer, running, etc. The future looks bright in Vincennes!

Parks

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. Fox Ridge Nature Park will test your limits with its walking trails, or take a break and cast a line in their stocked pond. Gregg Park is the centerpiece of the Vincennes parks system, with tennis courts, a volleyball pit, and playground equipment galore. You will also find Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center, our public swimming facility with water features for all ages, ready to cool you off on a hot day.

Other Outdoor Fun

Golf lovers can choose from two 18-hole golf courses to work on their swing or join a league and make new friends. Waggoner Farms Premier Driving Range is a great place to get started.

Rivers, lakes and even hills for skiing are all nearby. Lake Monroe, Patoka Lake, Sullivan Lake, and Hoosier National Forest are just a short drive away. Spend a day at Marengo Cave, Big Splash Adventure Park or Holiday World & Splashing Safari; then return home to the peacefulness of this family-friendly community.

We don’t want to spoil the fun and tell you everything: come check it out for yourself! Our safe, family-friendly community will not disappoint. Vincennes has a little something for everyone, come and see!