CRAWFORDSVILLE (Jan. 16, 2015) - This morning “Your Town Friday” is headed to Crawfordsville.
You’ll find the Montgomery County community about 48 miles northwest of downtown Indy. The city is known for its rich history and one of the newer museums on the block, The Carnegie Museum, has been a big hit since opening the doors just a few years ago.
Housed in what was once the Carnegie Library, the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County draws in all sorts of people.
Curator Kat Burkhart says they have “art of all different kinds; local art, and we also have science and a lot of history…we always have a microscope and things to look at under the microscope.”
They see history buffs, children and even senior groups.
“Right now we have the history of maps and mapping so we have Indiana maps, national maps, how maps are made, science of maps, art of maps and history of maps,” she said.
Kat says a big hit is their Wow Gallery.
“There are a lot of famous people from Montgomery County and a lot of people don’t know that. So for example Eleanor Lambert, from Indiana, she created Fashion Week,” said Kat.
And upstairs, they have a lot of items on display from the last 100 years.
“We sort of say we’re the remember when museum, it’s not so long ago. We have a switchboard, a buggy, a lot of business here in Montgomery County featured upstairs in our Business and Industry Gallery,” said Kat.
And the museum just got a 3D printer so feel free to come in and print something out for a small fee! Speaking of fees, The Carnegie Museum does not charge admission.
It’s a unique hybrid sort of shop. Two years ago Jacob Hurt opened The Mancave.
“It’s the vibe. We try to make it a community gathering place…primarily it started as carrying accessories and gifts for guys. The premise was wives would come in and shop with their husbands, boyfriends, significant others. We’ve done really good with books in the past, we carry a lot of backpacks, t-shirts, unique things you’re going to find in a bigger city is what we strive to do,” said Hurt.
And he also opened The Bowery Coffee Company.
“We kind of thought the coffee shop would help, so we thought let’s try coffee as well,” said Hurt.
The side-by-side shops have attracted a lot of young professionals looking for a special spot to hang out.
Another fun hang out spot where you can fill your bellies with some authentic Mexican cuisine: Little Mexico! They opened their doors 22 years ago. Manager Anna Bravo-Moore has been working on and off at her parents restaurant since she was just a teenager. Over the years they’ve won many awards for their margaritas and their food!
“The sizzling fajitas and we do steaks, seafood, chicken, all different types of fajitas, burritos and enchiladas,” said Anna.
Just a few years ago they redecorated and decided to bring a little bit of Mexico’s history and beauty to the town of Crawfordsville.
“Rainforest, Aztec, if you would make that trip to Mexico you would see it there as well,” she said.
They hope when their customers walk in, they feel like family.
“I believe it’s the reason we’re still here, is that even though we are a business in the community, we’re very involved."
- The Mancave
- Bowery Coffee Company
- Carnegie Museum
- Little Mexico
- Montgomery County Visitors & Convention Bureau
- Coal Creek Cellars Winery