In 1813, Major Ambrose Whitlock and two other rangers noted that the site of present-day Crawfordsville was the ideal location for settlement. They returned a decade later to find at least one cabin had been built, and the town was then laid out in 1823. Crawfordsville was named in honor of Colonel William H. Crawford, the cabinet officer who had issued Whitlock's commission as Receiver of Public Lands. Today, Crawfordsville is still ideal for “settlement.” Give our realtors a call, and we’ll help you find the perfect house. You’ll certainly be “settled in” in no time.
There are many subdivisions in the Crawfordsville area. We can give you more information about each one and navigate the wide array of real estate choices. Homes can be found in all styles from cozy and comfortable to traditional and tranquil to high end and chic. There are beautiful homes in the heart of Crawfordsville as well as in well-established neighborhoods. We are experts in the local real estate market, and we’d love to share our expertise with you to make your move to a new area an easy one.
Crawfordsville has consistently appeared in the top 100 Best Small Towns in America. The town is located in west central Indiana about an hour northwest of Indianapolis, the state's capital and largest city. It’s a great place to live even if you don’t work in the city. With an excellent highway system, you’ll find it’s easy to commute from Crawfordsville to your workplace. Let us help you find the best location, one that assures you’ll get to work in no time.
Shoppers and diners will find many great stores and restaurants in Crawfordsville. Those looking for great deals can browse through specialty, general merchandise, discount, and antique stores and malls in this area. Crawfordsville Square Mall offers a wide variety of stores while Tippecanoe Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located in Lafayette.
Diners have many choices in Crawfordsville. Little Mexico is a tasty find with plenty of food options and a colorful decor. El Corcel proves that Peruvian and Mexican are an easy combination. If you’re looking for a great coffee shop with excellent chai lattes and mochas, try heading to The Joshua Cup. Creekside Lounge is a comfortable spot with comfort food. Allen’s Country Kitchen serves classic Midwestern dishes such as beet pickles, five-cup salad, and chicken sandwiches. Dari-licious offers yummy BBQ sandwiches and turtle sundaes. The Barefoot Burger ladles up delectable soups of the day and appetizing entrees like Greek burgers and fries with queso.
General Lew Wallace Study and Museum contain personal effects and mementos of the novelist and military leader. General Wallace wrote his famous novel Ben Hur in the heart of Crawfordsville. The museum, a National Historic Landmark, is not far from historic Lane Place, a completely restored 19th-century antebellum home. Over ten rooms full of the Lanes' original furnishings and belongings make this home an authentic example of a pre-Civil War dwelling.
Just a few blocks away stands the Old Jail Museum, featuring the world's only operating rotary jail cell block constructed in 1882 and listed on the National Register of Historic Preservation. The Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County is an interdisciplinary and interactive museum of history, science, and art.
Sugar Creek Players was formed by a group of community members who wanted to revive live, local theater and stages shows in the Vanity Theatre. Theater patrons are delighted by a wide variety of shows from Disney to Broadway perennials. Myers Dinner Theater is also nearby and offers high-quality family-oriented entertainment and treats visitors to delicious home-cooked food.
For fun in the sun, there are several parks in Crawfordsville. The largest of these is Milligan Park, a 40-acre site with playgrounds, picnic shelters, Milligan Skate Park, horse-shoe pits, a 22-cage disc golf course, Milligan Park Pool, and the new Splash Zone Splash Pad. The Sugar Creek Trail is a rails-to-trails initiative that preserves part of the railroad dating back to 1853 while providing a five-mile trail for hikers. Shades State Park features sandstone cliffs around Sugar Creek which sets the backdrop for hiking, canoeing, fishing, and camping.
World class businesses in printing/publishing, manufacturing, steel, electrical lighting, food service, and metalworking are located in Crawfordsville. It’s also the home of the world's first thin-slab casting minimill (a steel manufacturing plant that recycles scrap steel using an electric arc-furnace). Nucor Steel broke ground on its first sheet steel mill and first galvanizing line at its billion-dollar Crawfordsville facility in 1987.
A few of the other employers located in town include Crawford Industries, a plastic fabrication company, Alcoa CSI, a global leader in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing, and Acuity Brands, a manufacturer of lighting components. Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville and Wabash Valley Hospital offer employment for those in many professions, including healthcare, information technology, and office administration. Wabash College and Ivy Tech Community College also employ a large number of people.
Students in Crawfordsville attend three different school systems. Crawfordsville Community School Corporation emphasizes student focused instruction appropriate to different needs and learning styles and enrolls all students living in Crawfordsville. Depending on where you live on the outskirts of Crawfordsville, students may attend either North Montgomery Schools or South Montgomery Schools. North Montgomery Schools are committed to setting high standards and helping all students realize their individual potential. South Montgomery Schools strive to keep students engaged, challenged, and prepared for success.
Crawfordsville is also home to Wabash College, which was ranked by Forbes as #12 in the United States for undergraduate studies in 2008. Ivy Tech Community College is also located in town. Purdue University is in West Lafayette, about a 40-minute drive north.