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Black Swan Inn to host Victorian Holiday Fair, other events throughout December

The Black Swan Inn in Tilton is hosting two events in December, beginning with a Victorian Holiday Fair tomorrow. 

The fair, which is free to the public, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature vendors and a bake sale. This is the first year of the fair, and the inn’s owner hopes to make it an annual event, said Trish Basiliere, a promoter of the inn. There will be about 10 vendors, many of whom will sell jewelry. One vendor makes ornaments with the sales benefitting autism.

On Dec. 16, the inn will host “A Dickens Christmas;” admission is $5. It will feature refreshments and a tour of the historic inn.

The inn, once known as the Peabody-Brown Estate, was built in the 1880s. It was named for Selwin Peabody, the maker of Tilton Tweed, and Arthur Brown, who created the belt that was later used by Henry Ford in automobile production.

All proceeds from tomorrow’s bake sale and donations from the Christmas event will go toward the estate. The owner of the Black Swan Inn, Sheryl Ollie, filed for bankruptcy last year to avoid foreclosure and is looking to preserve the inn.

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