Saturday, August 22, 2009

Lew Wallace Study

Lew Wallace was a remarkable man. He as a successful soldier, diplomat, inventor, author, artist, and father. Towards the end of his life he built this study where he could retire in peace and write. Lew Wallace is best known for writing Ben-Hur, but he also served as a general in the American Civil War and fough in the Mexican-American war. Diplomatically he served as an ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and held several governing positions out west.

The Lew Wallace Study is a pleasant place to visit. It is walled off from the surrounding streets giving it a feeling of tranquility. The building itself is interesting to look at it almost seems like a toy castle. The interpretive center shows a video about Lew Wallace's life and displays artifacts relating to his accomplishments. Inside the study, one can see artwork, awards, and memorabilia collected by Lew Wallace.

  • Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children
  • Guided tour of the study
  • A video telling the story of Lew Wallace may be seen
  • A parking lot is available

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