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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.
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  • Many display rooms open to walk through at your leisure to learn how people lived, worked etc. Easy drive from Taos. 
    Many display rooms open to walk through at your leisure to learn how people lived, worked etc. Easy drive from Taos.  more »
  • This is one of the few true adobe buildings in the area (most are concrete made to look like adobe) and dates from 1804. It was built be Severino Martinez and is on the National Register of Historic....  more
    This is one of the few true adobe buildings in the area (most are concrete made to look like adobe) and dates from 1804. It was built be Severino Martinez and is on the National Register of Historic....  more »
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  • Enjoyable, self paced museum in actual courtyard and Adobe rooms of huge hacienda. Beautiful artifacts and interesting commentary in each location of your journey back in time. You won’t be sorry you took an hour to visit this extraordinary site.
  • Really cool experience. Wish I could have had a guided tour. I get much more from guided tours rather than self guided. That being said, this place is a nice 30 min - 1 hour stop and experience this piece of history. Front desk attendant was very sweet. $10 per person.

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