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 .
La Hacienda del los Martinez Reviews
A relatively quick stop on a day of historical sites in Taos. The various themed rooms gave a glimpse into the early days of New Mexican life. The lady at the front desk was very friendly. Well worth ... more »
La visite de cet Hacienda permet de découvrir la facon dont on vivait au nouveau-mexique quand on était un marchand de Taos au début du XXeme siecle. Tres interessant avec un plan pour visiter les 21 ... more »A visit to this Hacienda allows you to discover the way you lived in New Mexico when you were a merchant from Taos in the early 20th century. Very interesting with a plan to visit the 21 rooms. The welcome is more friendly
Very interesting and moving to walk through this ancient house. It gives you an insight of what daily life was for the inhabitants.
Great historical location to tour.
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