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“Snapshot of a bygone life”

La Hacienda del los Martinez
Ranked #16 of 100 things to do in Taos
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Living Museum of Late Spanish Colonial Period in Northern New Mexico built in 1804 by Severino Martinez and his family. On National Register of Historic Places. Winter Hours are a shortened version of our regular season hours.
Seattle
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Snapshot of a bygone life”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

When we arrived the electricity was out so they suggested we come back. Once we did we could see why. We would have seen nothing in the dark rooms. It was fascinating to see a furnished hacienda and be able to wander around on our own. Children would love it.

Visited December 2012
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East Hampton
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Step back into New Mexico history”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

The Martinez hacienda was a great way for us, two New Englanders in the southwest for the first time, to get a sense of what it was like to live in Taos in its early days.. The self-guided tour was informative and the displays well-documented although it would have been great to have a guide (clearly resources at the museum are limited but they do a lot with a little). It would be great to see the weaving room equipment and the blacksmith shop in action but you could still imagine what a busy, productive place, and surprisingly unassuming place the hacienda was.

Visited October 2012
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Not the original home”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was disappointed to find out this entire thing had been built from the ground up. Only two of the buildings I think were original. There were some interesting things inside that I took pictures of, but later on I heard that some of the artifacts they had might be disrespectful the the native peoples so that bothered me. It seemed like nothing was original to the house, just recreations. Nice little gift shop.

Visited September 2012
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Loveland, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“A glimpse into the practical aspects of frontier living”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

This hacienda is well preserved and doesn't try to gloss over the hardships and challenges of early settlers. The courtyards and adobe walls and floors retain the grit and character of high desert living when risks and uncertainty were very real. Well worth a visit.

Visited October 2012
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Evergreen, Colorado
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“most interesting place”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

I was facinated with the way people lived many years ago. I was interested in the fact that they kept their animals...horses, cows, within the walls of their house. At this time, the house is old, certainly, but one can get an idea of life in the 1800's.

Visited October 2012
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