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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  • Use your GPS to get there and leave. Off the main road a bit. Interesting trading post from the old days. Be sure to go into each room, even though the doors are closed. Was open when so many other...  more »
  • This hacienda puts you into the late Spanish Colonial Era. The restoration is supposed to be historically accurate and is amazing. It is a self guided tour with a pamphlet. The various rooms...  more »
  • Very nice sight for additional Taos history. Met a very nice staff member and ladies exhibiting art. Gave quite a history lesson. The web page information should be updated as hours of operation did not reflect actual days location is open. Better call before visiting. Worth the call.
  • Very enlightening and educational. There were many authentic artifacts. We liked the self guided tour and it was very cool. This is a hidden jewel!!

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