The Tippecanoe Battleground Memorial is a 96 acre park in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. The memorial park is situated on what was the campground of US Army troops under General William Henry Harrison. The battle took place on November 7, 1811 between the army and a confederation of Native American forces gathered under Tecumseh and his brother, The Prophet.
The grounds include picnic areas, hiking trails and the Wah-bs-shik Nature Center. Nearby is Prophetstown State Park where you can absorb even more history from this era.
Many schoolchildren have heard of William Henry Harrison because he would run for president in 1840 with the campaign slogan, "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too!" that led to his election with Vice-President John Tyler, who became the 10th President a month after inauguration when President Harrison died.
But the historical site teaches far more in depth than the election of a president. The battle was a precursor to the War of 1812 and also spelled the end of Tecumseh's dream of a confederation of tribes that would drive the whites back to the Atlantic Ocean.
As James Thurber said, "You could look it up."
The centerpiece of the memorial park is an obelisk that was erected in 1908. You'll also find headstones of military officers who died in the battle. The honored dead are listed on a tablet that is mounted on the memorial.
You'll also find a museum that covers the historical event in more detail. There's also a museum store with souvenirs, history books of 19th Century Indiana and the United States, military and Native American history. There are also reproductions of 19th Century products available for sale.
The visitor center and museum is open 10:00 am- 5:00 pm EST every day except Wednesdays. It is also closed on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. The Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is open every day from dawn until dusk.
If you are traveling on I-65, the memorial is convenient to Exit 178 (Indiana 43) about 2 miles from the exit. It's worth the detour.