Crawfordsville Travel Guide

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  • Major Isaac C. Elston "Country House"

    Elston Grove Historic District is a residential area, which includes much of the original Elston property as well as the Lane Place. Having been home to many of Montgomery County's most prominent citizens,

  • Monon RR Museum (Linden)

    Hours:May through September: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays through Sundays Admission: $2 for adults; $1 for children ages 13-18; and 50-cents for children 6-12Children under 6 are admitted free of charge.There is no charge for Madison Township school students and teachers. The cost is 25 cents per student and $1 per teacher for other Montgomery...

  • Lew Wallace's Study

    General Lew Wallace wrote his famous novel Ben-Hur. His personal library is in the heart of Crawfordsville, at the Ben-Hur museum a National Historic Landmark. The grounds were a pleasant break on our trip. Shady, quiet, just the kind of place a person could write a book. It's a nice break and if you've seen the old Charleton Heston (1959) movie...

  • Lane Place

    If you're interested in old homes and their furnishings, Lane Place may be the place to visit. Lane was the founder of the Republican Party in Indiana an a Governor. His home is restored, but since we didnt' visit inside, I can't tell you much about it.

  • Turkey Run State Park

    Visit Turkey Run State Park. It's 23 miles (36.8 km) down Indiana 47. You'll find a unique climate among the hollows. See my Turkey Run State Park page for more.

  • Milligan Park - pool, golf, frisbee...

    Great playgrounds, wonderful pool... There's no better way to spend a sunny day in C-ville than at Milligan Park.Day-use for the Olympic sized pool is $3, and there are diving boards and a huge slide.The park itself is free, can't beat it for picnics!Check the bottom of the website for frisbee golf details, it's free too!About golf and frisbee...


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  • Best kept secret of Montgomery Co.

    This place is a great find. I found them on the internet & had to check it out It was weel worth it. Besides the fresh seafood & handcut steaks their burgers are amazing. You cant beet their prices either. I had a Hot Royal Blue Burger and zuchinni chips - Fantastic!! they are located on st. rd. 32 west - seven miles west of...

  • "Home of the Turtle"

    One of 2 GREAT ice cream places in Crawfordsville!Home of the turtle sunday - vanilla ice cream, carmel, chocolate, pecans...Of course they've got great shakes, cones, etc.Make sure you get a cherry on top!They also have their own playground!I think it's only open in the summer...

  • The College Street Market - a...

    The College Street Market - a great place for lunch!Deli-type atmosphere. Used to be a drug-store. The Little Giant sandwich (named after the Wabash College mascot). Turkey on rye with cream cheese, cranberry sauce, and horseradish. Sounds like a crazy combination, but it's great!


Crawfordsville Off The Beaten Path

  • Shades State Park

    The river bottom and canyons were originally called 'Shades of Death' and became shortened to just "shades". Today, it is a state park and nature preserve. The trail into Pine Hills Nature Preserve leads down a steep embankment (wooden stairs provided) to the creek bottom. There are two loops both short. One stays along the river flats circling...

  • Deer's Mill Covered Bridge

    Built in 1878 by J.J. Daniels, Deer's Mill Covered Bridge is located on Indiana Route 234. It's in Shades State Park. As you pass through the park, the road twist down hill into a valley, turning through the trees which close out the light from above. That's the reason the area was once known as the 'Shades of Death'. The bridge is 275 ft (84.6 m)...

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    Crawfordsville's Claims to Fame

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Aug 11, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Crawfordsville has several claims to fame. The most notable is that this is where General Lew Wallace, a veteran of America's Civil War, wrote his famous novel Ben-Hur. Wallace's personal library is in the heart of Crawfordsville, at the Ben-Hur Museum - a National Historic Landmark.

    Also in Crawfordsville you can see the world's only operating rotary cell block, at the Old Jail Museum. It was constructed in 1882 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The scenic Sugar Creek flows through the Crawfordsville. Canoes can be rented locally for a trip down the creek , which boasts some of the country's most famous crinoid fossil beds.

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