My wife, 5-year-old, and I stayed at Thelma's over a weekend in October 2008 for Wabash College homecoming. We arrived late and the proprietor was very patient and gracious. We stayed in the new addition in the rear of the house.
Everything about our stay was restful, easy, and enjoyable. The innkeeper and our 5-year-old made fast friends. The place is quiet, despite numerous guests that busy weekend, and my daughter and I watched the combine gathering soybeans from a neighboring field one morning.
The bathroom and shower in the rear addition is small, but fine for most people. There is a kitchen and refrigerator available for use, with prior arrangement. The innkeeper is the nicest person you could meet -- Thelma's grandson, a tile setter, who moved back to Crawfordsville from the West Coast to take care of the house. He told us that all proceeds go to preserving Thelma's house for another hundred years. In this new time of scarcity, what better way to spend money while traveling.
The quality of the room and the price can't be beat, especially with some chain hotels of questionable safety along I-65, I-74, and around Indy. We've stayed in chain hotels in Crawfordsville, Cloverdale, Indianapolis, and Lebanon for 22 years, and Thelma's is the best place.
We visited Greencastle and Shades State Park from Thelma's, and recommend it as a home base for visiting all the beautiful state parks of western Indiana and the Wabash River valley. It's also good for folks visiting Wabash College.