Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Crawfordsville Community School Corporation
invites you to attend an

Open House for
Crawfordsville Middle School
October 26th from 2-4 p.m.
Enter Door #6 on Chestnut Street
Crawfordsville, Indiana



 

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Ben-Hur Museum

 

Ben-Hur Museum

Ben-Hur Museum is located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Lew Wallace began construction on his study in 1895.  The museum was a private library for Lew Wallace, and now contains a collection of his books, paintings, and sculptures. Lew Wallace built the study as a place where he could write, although most of his book Ben-Hur was written nearby under a beech tree before the study was built.

The study is made of bricks and limestone and cost about $30,000 to build.  On each of the four sides is hand-carved limestone showing faces of characters from his books.  Two of the faces are from Ben-Hur, and the other two are from the book Prince of India.  Once Wallace had a moat around part of the study where he and his grandsons went fishing.

In the entrance of the Ben-Hur Museum are the original lights. There is a sky light with stained and frosted glass that gave Lew Wallace light while writing. When building the study he added electricity and a gas log fireplace, but he did not use the fireplace much because it was too expensive. The museum is a combination of three types of architecture.

In the museum you see a display of his violins, fishing equipment, and art tools that he used for enjoyment. The museum has guns and his uniforms from the Civil War.

Researched and written 1998-99 school year.  Revised 1999-2000, 2000-2001.

Click here to see additional pictures inside the Ben-Hur Museum.

Click here to see additional pictures outside the Ben-Hur Museum.

 


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