General Lew Wallaces accomplishments stretch much further than his 77 years. A Major General in the Union Army who led his troops in the decisive Civil War battles of Shiloh, Monocacy, and Fort Donelson; a military judge in the trials of the Lincoln Conspirators and Commander Wirz of Andersonville; ambassador to the Ottoman Empire; a brilliant author, orator, artist, inventor, and musician, General Wallaces place is indelibly etched in the annals of American history.
But it was his masterwork, the epic religious novel Ben-Hur (1880), that gained General Wallace his highest accolades and cemented his reputation in literary history. Ben-Hur became the best-selling novel of the nineteenth century and the basis of several dramatizations, including the 1959 Academy AwardŽ-winning motion picture starring Charlton Heston.
Today, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum has faithfully preserved General Wallaces personal memorabilia in the Study that he designed and built in 1895on the same site where Ben-Hur was penned. Each year, the Museum presents educational and entertaining programs for all ages that demonstrate the qualities of leadership, ingenuity, exploration, and character that General Wallace embodied throughout his life.
Tours for groups of 6 or more are available by appointment.
General Lew Wallace Study
Texting: GLWS to 72727
Monday: by appointment only
Tuesday Friday: 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Eastern
No tours began after 4:15 p.m.