Since 1971 costumed Settler members have researched the early American domestic arts and crafts, their politics, history, folklore and mechanics involving the many skills needed to survive early America. Settlers Norene Brown and D. Keane shared their knowledge on a Saturday morning with the community during their plant sale to raise funds for the Settlers organization.

In 1980 Settlers leased and moved into the historic Swinney House and began teaching classes in a traditional setting. As part of their mission they also initiated the restoration of the home built in 1844, which is owned by the City of Fort Wayne.

During the spring and summer months a group of dedicated Settlers maintains an herb garden at the Homestead located at 1424 West Jefferson Blvd. For more information or to join the Settler organization view their website at

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