One of the best ways to spend some time in Crawfordsville is to explore the city’s downtown area. The city center boasts numerous shops and boutiques that provide a wealth of artistic and fun shopping experiences, all reachable by foot. Whatever shoppers want, they can find in these charming small shops. Antiques, jewelry, clothing, gifts, party supplies, art galleries, and souvenirs, among many other items, are all readily accessible through these shops. In addition, these small businesses provide many unique products and a special charm and warmth that are not available at typical chain stores.
General Lew Wallace S
The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum is an outstanding architectural gem and a monument to its designer and builder, General Lew Wallace. General Wallace, who achieved notoriety as a Civil War general and inventor, is the writer of “Ben-Hur.” His book about early Christianity has had several printing runs as well as turned into movies since its publication. General Wallace's old study now serves as a memorial to his life, and contains personal possessions, such as his entire library and inventions. Visitors to this one-of-a-kind museum can enjoy an intimate glimpse into this accomplished man's life and work.
Athens of Indiana Art
Athens Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the arts within Crawfordsville. Athens Arts collaborates with other organizations to provide events, workshops, and lectures from artists to help Crawfordsville residents and visitors gain a deeper understanding of and love for the arts. Its art studios provide an open place for artists to practice their work and network with each other. In addition, the organization provides events such as lectures from other artists and a top-notch gallery that nearly always has breathtaking exhibits from Athens Arts artists on display and for sale.