About the Area
Wabash College is located in Crawfordsville, Indiana on the west-central side of the state. Crawfordsville is a community of about 15,000 residents within Montgomery County
— (population 33,000). The town is 45 miles northwest of Indianapolis, 28 miles from Lafayette, Indiana (Purdue University), and roughly 150 miles southeast of Chicago.
Crawfordsville is served by Interstate 74, which passes by the north edge of the city at U.S. 231. Interstate 65 passes through Lebanon, Indiana, which is 22 miles from Crawfordsville. Crawfordsville is served by Amtrak, which takes passengers to Chicago and Indianapolis daily.
Montgomery County has three public school corporations — Crawfordsville Community Schools, North Montgomery School Corporation, and South Montgomery School Corporation. The Crawfordsville schools offer a gifted and talented program for students who qualify.
Other cultural opportunities include the Sugar Creek Players
, a community theater located downtown, the Athens of Indiana Art Studios and Gallery
, and the Tannenbaum Cultural Center. There is also a Community Chorus, Community Band, and Chamber Orchestra (comprising community members and Wabash students, faculty, and staff).
There are many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Sugar Creek is a popular canoeing destination and flows through two Indiana state parks that are within 20 minutes of campus, Shades State Park
and Turkey Run State Park
. The Sugar Creek Trail, Pine Hills Nature Preserve, the Bachner Nature Preserve, and the Sugar Creek Nature Park are also easily accessible.
Milligan Park in Crawfordsville boasts baseball and softball diamonds, a 50-meter outdoor pool, several playgrounds and picnic areas, and the Crawfordsville Skate Park. Nearby Milligan Park is the Crawfordsville Community Center.
Local festivals include the Taste of Montgomery (August, sponsored by the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum), the Strawberry Festival (June), and the Montgomery County 4-H Fair (July).