Have you ever wondered what Lew Wallace kept in his basement or how he kept his study cool in the summer months? On August 4 at 10 a.m. you can find out the answers to these questions and many more during a Behind the Scenes Tour at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. The tour will take visitors through rarely seen areas of the Study, including the basement and Carriage House collection storage vault, and will focus on how Lew Wallace designed the building and used it from 1898 until his death in 1905 as well as how the museum cares for the artifacts in its collection.
During the Behind the Scenes Tour, visitors will be able to look at artifacts from the interior restoration project of 2015, as well as the Zouave uniform designed for Wallace’s 11th Indiana Infantry at the beginning of the Civil War.
Wallace wanted the newest technology for his private sanctuary, including 100 electric light bulbs and a gas-lit fireplace that was used for aesthetic purposes only. The Study had its own water collection system that was used for indoor plumbing in the basement restroom. Wallace also added a kitchen, wine cellar, coal furnace, and a fountain to complete his building.
The cost of the tour is $7 for adults and $2 for students. The cost for Lew Wallace Preservation Society Members is $5 for adults and $1 for students. Space is limited, so reservations are requested but not required. To RSVP or for more information call Amanda McGuire at 765-362-5769 or email [email protected]. Tours will begin at the Carriage House at 200 Wallace Avenue, Crawfordsville, Indiana.