Palace of the Governors ©Author Adventures

Lew Wallace and the Palace of the Governors

Author Lew Wallace (1827-19905) wrote some of his classic book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, at the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, where he served as governor in the late 1880s. The book is now available as a free ebook through, which can be found by typing “Lew Wallace” in the book catalog search box. The story was also made into a 1959 movie that earned 11 Academy Awards and starred Charlton Heston.

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“Men speak of dreaming as if it were a phenomenon of night and sleep. They should know better. All results achieved by us are self-promised, and all self-promises are made in dreams awake. Dreaming is the relief of labor, the wine that sustains us in act. We learn to love labor, not for itself, but for the opportunity it furnishes for dreaming, which is the great under-monotone of real life, unheard, unnoticed, because of its constancy. Living is dreaming. Only in the grave are there no dreams.” — Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur

A photo taken outside the Palace of the Governors appears on this page. This is where jewelry artisans and doll makers display and sell their work for reasonable prices. They can tell you which mine the stones came from and may be willing to negotiate prices, especially with multiple purchases. Unfortunately, many mines in this region that were once rich with natural gems are getting depleted.

The Palace of the Governors is the fifth stop on our New Mexico Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart