Settlers begins sign-up for guided history tour

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Settlers Inc. has begun taking reservations for 8th annual Guided History Tour of Swinney House and the Allen County Courthouse.

The excursion through Fort Wayne history fills to capacity each year. The tour is coupled with a lunch at the Historic Homestead at 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne. Hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, March 22. Tickets are $25. Reservations and payment are due by March 15. Call (260) 747-1501 or (260) 747-1229. Transportation is not included, however, downtown parking suggestions will be offered. The tour is for ages 14 and older.

Swinney House is one of Fort Wayne’s five oldest houses.

“The Swinneys were some of the richest people to ever hit Fort Wayne,” volunteer Linda Huge said in an interview in 2017. Thomas Swinney was 23 years old when he met his future wife, Lucy Taber, here in Fort Wayne. While Lucy Taber’s family eventually moved out of the region, she stayed in Fort Wayne and married Tom Swinney, bringing with her the 250 acres that her father had left when he moved away. The 14-room mansion is surrounded by outdoor gardens on a portion of that same property.

Event proceeds support the maintenance of the Historic Homestead. For background on that living museum, visit settlersinc.org.