Barney Ford Victorian Home

The Barney Ford Victorian House honors Barney L. Ford, an escaped slave who prospered and became a prominent entrepreneur and black civil right leader in Colorado. Born into slavery in 1822, Ford was instilled with the importance of learning to read by his mother, who inspired his lifelong quest for education. The Barney Ford House was built in 1882 by prominent craftsman, Elias Nashold, for Ford, his wife Julia and their three children. Today, the Barney Ford House has been restored to its original Victorian style and each room in the home is dedicated to a different part of Barney’s life.

Read a short article titled "Preserving a Slice of African-American History at the Barney Ford House" by journalist Sophia Dembling featuring fifth-generation Summit County resident Mr. Robin Theobald! It was posted on the website for the National Trust for Historic Preservation on February  18, 2016.

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Hours of Operation

This site is open year-round with seasonal schedules.

April 24 - June 9, 2017
Friday through Sunday; 11am - 3pm

June 10 - September 3, 2017
Tuesday through Sunday; 11am - 4pm


FREE, $5 Suggested Donation

Location & Directions

111 East Washington Avenue, Breckenridge, CO

From the Breckenridge Welcome Center (203 South Main Street), turn onto Washington Avenue (almost directly across Main Street from the Welcome Center) and the turn onto the first alley on the right. Parking for the museum is available on the right.

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