In January of 1801, William Henry Harrison arrived in Vincennes, the capital of the newly- established Indiana Territory to begin his duties as the Indiana territorial governor. In 1841 he was elected president. Fun Fact: He died of complications from pneumonia 31 days into his term, serving the shortest tenure in United States presidential history
In 1804, Harrison built a Georgian/plantation-style home near Vincennes that he named Grouseland. A Georgian/plantation-style home is modeled after those built across the American South prior to the Civil War. These grand homes are characterized by their proportion and balance. Square symmetrical shapes, paired chimney and the use of brick or stone as the exterior façade. Additionally, there are often stacked porches with Greek Columns. Harrison’s home has thirteen rooms and was one of the first brick structures in the territory. During his term, as territorial governor, Harrison’s home served as the center of social and political life in the territory. It also served as a fortress during times of unrest in the territory.
To learn more about Grouseland or to find time to visit this elegant home check out: http://www.grouselandfoundation.org/Grouseland/Home.html
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Author: The Sublime Team