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 Mid-western lands they had roamed for thousands of years. The United States troops under the command of William Henry Harrison, clashed with the confederation of Native American tribes lead by Tecumseh’s brother, The Prophet, on November 7, 1811. 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 to northern Tippecanoe County annually.
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 battleground where Native Americans and Settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.
Today, an Indiana limestone monument and iron fence marks the location of this battle. The park is home to a museum with displays and artifacts describing the lifestyle of both the Native Americans and early settlers in the area. Throughout the spring and summer months, the Battlefield is the site of programs sponsored by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association.