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A Baron’s Night ushers in Victorian charm

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BRECKENRIDGE – True to its heritage, Breckenridge ushers in yet another night of Victorian charm.The Barney Ford House Museum hosts A Baron’s Night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s an evening where ladies and gents can don Victorian hats and expand their knowledge of Barney Ford and life in the 1880s in Breckenridge while enjoying a wine pairing dinner and bidding on antiques and collectibles at the silent auction.Hearthstone Catering provides the food paired with wine from National Distributing. Appetizers include cornmeal blini with tomato and roasted corn and curried mango shrimp salad wonton cup, accompanied by Korbel Brut champagne. Dinner features tournedos of beef paired with scallops, accompanied by Fetzer Syrah from California. A special strawberry dessert pairs with Covey Run Icewine from Washington State.

The museum honors Barney Ford, who was born a slave in Virginia in 1822 and became a prominent businessman, civic leader, black rights advocate and mine owner. He escaped enslavement by fleeing to Chicago via the Underground Railway in 1848. Three years later, he bought a hotel and later came to Breckenridge in search of gold. He became Breckenridge’s first black businessman when he opened Ford’s Chop Stand in 1879. In 1992, the Colorado Business Hall of Fame listed him as one of the 100 greatest Coloradans, and his portrait hangs at the State Capital. The museum opened last summer. Elias Nashold built the Barney Ford House in 1882. With its bay window and hand-jigsawed, diamond-shaped insets, people considered the wooden cottage one of the showplaces of Breckenridge. Visitors can piece together bits of history about Ford and his home from labels placed on old glass bottles, furniture and other items throughout the museum.The Barney Ford House Museum, located at 111 E. Washington Ave., is a collaborative effort between the town of Breckenridge and the Saddle Rock Society, the nonprofit organization that owns the property.

Tickets to A Baron’s Night are $125 and are available by calling the Barney Ford House Museum at (970) 453-5761 or by e-mail at barneyf@colorado.net. Reservations must be made by tonight.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.

What: A Baron’s Night; wine pairing dinner and antiques silent auctionWhen: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Barney Ford House Museum, BreckenridgeTickets: $125Call: (970) 453-5761

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