It’s become one of the area’s most anticipated annual festivals, but the Taste of Montgomery County also fulfills a very important role: the TASTE is the largest fundraiser for the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum, located on the grounds in Crawfordsville where Lew Wallace penned his masterwork, Ben-Hur. The 11th annual Taste of Montgomery County will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 12:00-10:00 p.m.
The site of the TASTE, the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum at 200 Wallace Avenue, was once General Wallace’s backyard, located just north of his home on Wabash Avenue. Many people attending the TASTE don’t realize that the area near the General’s bronze statue, where hundreds of TASTE-goers congregate every summer to hear the great live music beneath the shade, was once the site where General Wallace set up his rocking chair under the spread of a giant beech tree to work on his writing in peace and solitude. Wallace wrote a significant portion of Ben-Hur under this tree, known as the Ben-Hur Beech Tree.
The General’s Study building is one of the gems of Crawfordsville and has seen visitors from around the globe for more than 100 years. The Study is filled with the General’s original artifacts and personal memorabilia, most of which have been in the Museum’s collection since Wallace’s death in 1905.
Revenues from the gate sales at this year’s TASTE will go to fund the Museum’s extensive programming and annual exhibit. This year the museum’s annual exhibit focuses on Ben-Hur as Lew Wallace knew it, encompassing the novel, a Broadway play that ran for 21 years, and associated products. Museum programming this year includes the popular Lew Wallace Festival of Words, the Hoosier Authors Book Club, an adult lecture series, and a summer youth camp.
Last year, the museum provided educational programs for 635 adults and children on-site and 668 off-site, in addition to our regular, daily tours. Your admission ticket directly helps the museum provide these programs and create new and innovative programming in the future.
Tickets for the TASTE can be purchased at the gate for $7 for adults ($5 presale) and $3 for students. Children 6 and under are free.