With a name like Battle Ground, it’s clear that this small Indiana town has some stories to tell. Located in west-central Indiana a few miles northeast of Lafayette (home of Purdue University), Battle Ground holds a prominent place in early American history. The Battle of Tippecanoe, often considered the first battle of the War of 1812, took place at this spot.
Near the meeting of the Wabash and Tippecanoe rivers, a Shawnee Indian leader named Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa, known as The Prophet, established a confederacy of tribes to unite various tribes against the influx of white settlers. While Tecumseh was temporarily away, the U.S. Army sent William Henry Harrison with 1,000 soldiers to destroy the town. However, The Prophet and his followers struck first, initiating a surprise attack at the Army campsite just before dawn. The resulting battle left many on both sides either dead or wounded, and the Indians abandoned their village.
Today, visitors can walk across the battlefield, as well as learn more about this historical event from the informational exhibits at the museum. Well-kept trails wind through the woodland and meadows surrounding the battlefield, and there are several lovely picnic areas throughout the park. You can also take a short hike through a sunny meadow to Historic Prophetstown State Park, where you’ll be able to hike up to Tenskwatawa’s vantage point of the battle. The Historic Prophetstown interactive history exhibit, which preserves horse-powered farming, also lies within the park. You can bring your motorhome rental to this state park and enjoy its new fully-equipped campsites.
While you’re in the Battle Ground area, be sure to plan a stop at Wolf Park. Wolf Park is a gray wolf research facility that offers tours, lectures, and special events. Among the activities are wolf behavior presentations, fox habitat talks, wolf-bison interactions and feeding demonstrations. The park’s pack of socialized wolves is especially exciting to visit on Howl Nights, when visitors can witness (and even respond to) their howling behavior at dusk. The park also has a small herd of bison. Wolf Park is open from May through November (Tuesday – Sunday afternoons), but Howl Nights are held year round on Saturday evenings.
As you’re planning your RV rental tour of the state, don’t forget to visit Battle Ground, one of Indiana’s most important historical sites! If you’re looking for an Indiana motor home rental, contact Greenwood RV Rentals & Sales. We offer affordably priced RV and travel trailer rentals for customers in Indianapolis and beyond. Contact us at 317-413-0817 to make a reservation.