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“Great find in a small town”

General Lew Wallace Study & Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The General Lew Wallace Study and Museum, a National Historic Landmark and 2008 winner of the National Medal for Museum Service, features General Wallace’s personal Study, a unique building situated on over 3.5 acres of park-like land; his 1870 Carriage House, now an interpretive center and exhibit hall; and original memorabilia from throughout his life and career as a soldier, statesman, and the celebrated author of Ben-Hur, the best selling novel of the 19th century. The Museum is CLOSED for tours on the fourth Saturday of August each year (August 26, 2017 & August 25, 2018).
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Visiting the Lew Wallace Study is informative and interesting about the life of a man who accomplished a great deal in his life, as a lawyer, general during the Civil war, a territorial governor of New Mexico, an ambassador to Turkey who became friends with the Sultan, an author of several books including Ben Hur, an artist , and an inventor. His study, that he designed as a pleasure place for the soul, is a wonder to visit. The last Saturday in August the "Taste of Montgomery County" takes place on the grounds of the Lew Wallace Study with food and entertainment. Since I live in Crawfordsville, I visit often.

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

All six of us had a wonderful visit to the Study. We learned so much from the 10 minute video then the remarkable study itself. Every corner of it had some interesting fact and beautiful artifact. From the architecture to the paintings and collections of Gen. Wallace, there was a story to everything. We had just seen Ben Hur (both silent and 1959 movies) several months ago and to think it was written right on the spot. It's an amazing small museum and fascinating bit of history that was well worth the drive; the town is also interesting with the circular jail and beautiful Wabash College. But the Study took the prize for an interesting visit. The grounds were beautifully done on top of it all. A must-see!

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Lew Wallace was an amazing guy, and his study is AWESOME!! You can see where he wrote most of Ben Hur the greatest book of the 19th century.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

I recently attended a conference on writing books and one of the nationally known authors speaking at the conference commented on a handful of writers who had a great impact on the United States. I was surprised that General Lew Wallace was one of the authors he named, for his work, Ben Hur. He noted its importance as a fiction piece with a Christian theme that helped turn the moral climate of its time. I never knew how popular the book was, nor its impact, so I purposed to visit the site when I returned to Indiana.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

The grounds are beautiful and the brick wall all around it! You can see where Lew Wallace wrote the book BEN HUR!

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