La Hacienda del los Martinez, Taos

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Martinez Hacienda, also known as Hacienda de los Martinez, is a Taos, New Mexico hacienda built during the Spanish colonial era. It is now a living museum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located on the bank of the Rio Pueblo de Taos.NameAccording to Miriam Webster, Hacienda meant a "large landed estate" in Spanish during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Its origin is the Old Spanish word facienda, which came from a Latin word that meant to do or things to be done. Often, Native Americans were brought on as "free wage" laborers.HistoryDon Antonio Severino Martinez, also known as Severino Martinez, bought the property about 2 miles southwest of the Taos Plaza in 1804, after relocating his family from Abiquiu to Taos that year. At first the building was a four-room dwelling and then it grew as Martinez became more successful. It was made of thick adobe walls, without exterior windows. The hacienda had 2 inner courtyards, or placitas, around which a total of 21 rooms were built. It was constructed as a fortress for protection against attacks by Plains tribes, such as Comanche and Apache raiders. When there was a threat of violence, the livestock were brought into the courtyards of the hacienda for safety. To visit La Hacienda del los Martinez on your trip to Taos, use our Taos vacation planner.
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  • So happy we stopped for a visit! A highlight to see the layout and informative site! The history and self guided tour was helpful. 
    So happy we stopped for a visit! A highlight to see the layout and informative site! The history and self guided tour was helpful.  more »
  • This is a sprawling old haciend with lots of room from living to work to trade rooms. It is a great history lesson in how life was when this place was inhabited by the family and staff. 
    This is a sprawling old haciend with lots of room from living to work to trade rooms. It is a great history lesson in how life was when this place was inhabited by the family and staff.  more »
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  • Always a touchstone for me when in Taos. Even for a moment I am soothed by her presence. Very old sacred memories, family times from the 1960s. The beauty and grounding of NNM soul remains. ADORED.
  • Standing living history museum with numerous original buildings, artifacts, compelling storyline and details about early life in the Spanish frontier. I’ve been to every art and historic museum in Taos over several years and this is the best- you should not miss it. Kids would enjoy too.

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