Tours start on Mondays at Ewing Manor on May 6. (Photo from Flickr user ravik694)
By Sarah Beckman
NORMAL - Free public tours at the Manor at the Ewing Cultural Center are changing to Mondays beginning on May 6.
Several changes have been made to the manor. David Ewing's study on the third floor has recently been restored and will be part of the tour. Later in the summer, the stable will be open, and artifacts from the Ewing's 1924-1925 world tour will also be on display.
Self-guided tours of the gardens are available as well, with recorded information on several stops provided through a cell phone.
Although the tours are free, donations are accepted. Reservations are required for groups of eight or more, and group tours can be scheduled on days besides Monday, depending on the availability of the facility.
Ewing Manor was built in the late 1920's by Hazle Buck Ewing and her husband Davis. The Channel-Norman-style manor was the site of many of Ewing's efforts to support the causes of education, women's suffrage, and world peace. Donated to the Illinois State University Foundation upon her death, the Ewing Cultural Center is now home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Genevieve Green Gardens.