George Rogers Clark Homesite & Boat Launch
The George Rogers Clark home site (aka 'GRC') is located at the lower end of the Falls of The Ohio. Known for almost 200 years as "Clark's Point," it is situated in a sharp curve enabling one to have a spectacular view of the falls and also see both up and down river for a considerable distance. It is no wonder that George Rogers Clark selected this as the location of his "retirement home." Today, the 7 acre tract is part of the Falls Of The Ohio State Park and also lies within the boundaries of the 1404 acre National Wildlife Conservation Area giving this historic site additional federal protection.
The Home Site is open normal park hours. The GRC Cabin is open as staffing permits (usually Thursday - Sunday) between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends and on weekends only September through October.
The cabin above is a representation of the cabin that George Rogers Clark lived in. There are no illustrations of his original cabin that was destroyed in 1854. This cabin was originally erected in Osgood (Ripley Co.), Indiana and was moved and rebuilt here in 2001.
We have constructed a cabin to interpret the life of the McGees. They were African-American indentured servants of George Rogers Clark. The McGee's lived in a settlement called Guinea Bottoms, located close to a creek on the property. It was one of the first freed African-American communities in the Northwest Territory. Download a brochure on the McGee Cabin here. This cabin is open when the GRC Cabin is open.
A number of interpretive panels containing historical information about the George Rogers Clark home site and its history can be found on the property. In the summer, we establish a garden around the cabin with flowers, herbs and vegetables that Clark might have used.
In addition to the representation cabin, the site includes a small covered shelter with picnic tables, boat ramp with handicap accessible boat access and parking for vehicles with boat trailers. They are described below.
Please do not disturb the gardens, historical and nature features within the state park.
Map to get to the home site or enter this address for GoogleMap or Mapquest: 1102 W. Harrison Ave., Clarksville, IN.
Photo Gallery of Cabin and Home Site
Boat Ramp at GRC
This new extension allows for safer launching of boats.
The boat ramp is located directly across the lower gates of the McAlpine Dam.
The gates are closed when river levels are high or when driftwood coverage
makes boat launching impossible.
Trailer parking at the GRC boat ramp
Other launches down river include the Greenwood Boat Ramp in Jefferson County, KY and a small ramp at New Albany's Waterfront Park under the Sherman Minton (I-64) Bridge.
Parking for accessing the GRC cabin and picnic grounds
Picnicking at GRC
We have scattered picnic tables and grills for your use and enjoyment. Tables are under trees, in the open and a few are underneath a large gazebo-type pavilion. We do not rent the site - the shelter is available on a first-come, fist-served basis. Like all Indiana State Parks, we have a carry-in / carry-out policy for trash. Please help everyone by packing out your trash!
Weddings at GRC
The river makes a spectacular backdrop for weddings. We do not rent the site and the gazebo / covered shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call us to schedule your event so it doesn't conflict with another event or program. Our site is suitable for small wedding parties, however, we do not have sufficient parking for large numbers of guests. As a public park, we cannot close the grounds for a wedding. Nonetheless, visitation at the home site is relatively light compared to the Interpretive Center. This is a better site for a special event than around our museum. Wedding decorations are permitted (with loose ties, no staples or nails), but decor must be removed when the event has wrapped up. Questions? Call 812-280-9970 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lower tainter gates of McAlpine Dam (right) and Goose Island (left).
Updated January 12, 2015