Crawfordsville, Indiana is the county seat of Montgomery County, Indiana. Founded in 1823, this vibrant community of beautiful homes and one of America’s top 100 small towns hosts a population of 16,114. It has daily service from Amtrak and a corporate jet-capable airport, and is 45 minutes from Indianapolis, just a three-hour train ride away from Chicago, and is located on I- 74 with quick access to I-465 and I-65. It is about a half an hour from Turkey Run State Park and hosts a strong community theater.
Crawfordsville was awarded the prestigious Stellar Community Grant in 2015 which will be utilized to revitalize and expand the downtown, encourage entrepreneurship and create a community in which people want to live and work. Crawfordsville projects include:
- Fusion 54- a commerce center that is home to the Montgomery County Visitors’ & Tourism Bureau, The Crawfordsville/Montgomery Chamber of Commerce and co-working space in collaboration with Wabash College and the community in general.
- Pike Street Pocket Park- located in the heart of downtown this site will be utilized for the farmer’s market, Main Street events, and host other entertainment events throughout the year as well as adding green space for people to gather.
- Big Four Trail and Downtown Loop Trail- expansion of the 4.5 mile Sugar Creek trail into the downtown area making it easily accessible to downtown pedestrians. The trail will begin at Fusion 54 (corner of Washington St and Main St.) and pass through the campus of Wabash College before joining the existing Sugar Creek Trail. It will also connect to the Downtown Loop Trail, providing access to many of our shops, restaurants, museums and parks downtown.
- Historic Whitlock Neighborhood Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation- This neighborhood owner-occupied rehabilitation will serve as a companion project to the adaptive reuse of the former Culver Hospital, creating a dramatic boost to this once neglected area located on the northeast side of downtown.
- Ben-Hur Building Adaptive Reuse- A $9.1 million dollar project the restoration of the Ben Hur building to accommodate a restaurant/bar on the first floor with a lobby and conference space, and combination of condominiums and hotel space on the 2nd – 5th floors. Th is project may include a roof terrace for meeting and banquet space, as well as an enhanced streetscape.
Crawfordsville is proud of its historical past. There are important historical sites all around Crawfordsville. Lane Place, the home of Republican Party founder Henry S. Lane, sits in the middle of Crawfordsville and hosts the annual Strawberry Festival, a fun festival everyone attends filled with delicious food, live music, and community spirit. Nearby is the Lew Wallace Study, the beautiful garden and study of the author of Ben-Hur. The Study holds the annual Taste of Montgomery County, where people can taste food from all the local restaurants in the area.
Additionally, Crawfordsville is the home of Wabash College an all-male liberal arts college, ranked 50th nationally among 1223 schools in Return on Investment by PayScale.com and 29th in the Midwest by Forbes. Tightly integrated into the community spirit, Wabash College is a partner in many of the entrepreneurial growth projects Crawfordsville has embarked upon.
Crawfordsville also has a winning public-school system that has turned out 85 national merit scholars – the highest in the region. Graduates from the Crawfordsville school system have attended Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, and Notre Dame, and Crawfordsville schools’ sports teams have won several state championships and 41 individual state titles. Additionally, within Montgomery County there are two additional school districts: North Montgomery and South Montgomery.
Satellite communities include: Waynetown, Wingate, New Richmond, Linden, Darlington, New Ross, Ladoga, Waveland and Alamo.