Where Two Cultures Clashed
It seems hard to believe that a wooded area seven miles north of Lafayette, Indiana, played such a major role in American history. Yet it was on this spot the Native Americans lost their grip on the fertile Midwestern lands they had roamed for thousands of years. It was also on this spot some years later that a gathering took place that helped launch the modern political campaign. That wooded area is the Tippecanoe Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually to northern Tippecanoe County.
Explore the site of The Battle of Tippecanoe. Explore the grounds where the conflict occurred. Visit vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battle ground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.
Historic Firearms Display at the Tippecanoe Battlefield
On view are 51 long guns and rifles with additional examples to be added as the display is expanded. The firearms in the exhibit were manufactured between the early 19th Century and the onset of World War II, with several fine examples manufactured locally by Bixler & Iddings and Thomas Underwood. Most of the objects on display have never been shown to the public. Thanks to the McAllister Foundation for providing funding for the display cases.
The museum contains colorful displays and information on the history and events of the The Battle of Tippecanoe. Plus there are:
- Picnic Grounds
- Hiking Trails
- Nature Center
- Artifacts of European and Native American cultures
- Gift Shop
The Tippecanoe Battlefield and museum are located seven miles north of Lafayette, just off the St. Rd. 43 exit of I-65 at 200 Battle Ground Ave. in Battle Ground, IN.
Admission (as of June 1, 2012):
$4.00 seniors, AAA, Active Military
Free TCHA Members
For additional information or to arrange for tours, please call (765) 476-8411.