Located in the historic Victorian home of escaped slave Barney Ford, this museum tells the story of a man who fled from slavery in 1848 and eventually became a prominent businessman in Denver and Breckenridge. Some of Ford’s most famous ventures have included the Inter-Ocean Hotel and Ford’s Restaurant in Denver, as well as the Chop House in Breckenridge. By the 1870s, Ford was one of the richest men in Colorado.
In 1882, Ford built this five-room cottage (now the Barney Ford Museum). The home has been restored and offers a variety of exhibits related to slavery and emancipation, local history, African American history, and Ford’s life throughout the museum.