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Wylie House Museum, Bloomington

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Wylie House is a historic structure built in 1835 and located in Bloomington, Indiana. It was home of Andrew Wylie, first president of Indiana University, until his death in 1851. In 1859, following the death of Andrew's widow Margaret, Theophilus Adam Wylie, professor at Indiana University and half-cousin to Andrew, purchased the house from their heirs and his family resided there until his widow's death in 1913. Today Wylie House is operated as an historic house museum by Indiana University Libraries to interpret the lives of these families.
In transitioning from the "State Seminary" to Indiana College in 1828 the state legislature sought to hire a college president. They offered the position to Andrew Wylie, then president of Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson College) in western Pennsylvania, who accepted. In 1829 Wylie arrived in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife, Margaret Ritchie, and their children. Wylie became the first president and third faculty member of the newly renamed Indiana College. (In 1838 the name changed again to Indiana University. It was also sometimes referred to as Indiana State University in the mid-nineteenth century.) For the first several years the family resided in rental properties. In 1835 Andrew Wylie built a house on a 20acre tract of land near the college that he had purchased in 1829 and 1830. Andrew, Margaret and ten of their twelve children lived in the house, in various numbers from 1835 to 1859.
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  • In about an hour you will get a free tour of an excellently restored mid-1800's home and learn about the family of the first IU president. Great for kids, too!  more »
  • Check website to see seasonal visit schedule. Lovely Christmas decorations, open house with punch and cookies, candle-lit, visitors invited- singing carols with a period piece piano! Very festive...  more »
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  • Beautiful museum - I brought my mother here for a tour and she loved it. The grad student giving the free tours was lovely and very informed about the history of the house.
  • Small, well kept museum. Very informative. Love their Christmas program. Great place to get heirloom seeds.

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