Barney Ford House fence to come down |

Barney Ford House fence to come down

BRECKENRIDGE – Saddle Rock Society members and Breckenridge town officials will begin removing the chain link fence surrounding the historic Barney Ford House at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The 1882 home was sequestered behind the fence for years until longtime residents Patty and Robin Theobald established the Saddle Rock Society. They then donated the house to the society for use as a museum and public amenity for the town.

The fence originally was erected to protect the house and the artifacts in the yard from vandalism and theft. Those concerns have lessened in recent years, and with the ownership of the property passing to the Saddle Rock Society it was deemed time for the chain link fence to be replaced.

The house is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Main Street. The chain link fence will be replaced by a reproduction of a historic wrought iron fence. The Barney Ford House Museum will open as a “restoration in progress” on July 4.

Born a Virginia slave, Barney L. Ford became a noted hotel owner and restaurateur and was recognized nationally as a black civil rights pioneer. Ford was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and listed as one of the 100 Greatest Coloradans in 1992.

The museum will be open during the summer months of 2004 and close for the winter of 2004-05 to continue restoration.

For information, contact the Saddle Rock Society after May 5 at 970-453-5761.

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