La Hacienda de los Martinez
La Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" remaining in the American Southwest. Built in 1804, this fortress-like building with massive adobe walls became an important trade center for the northern boundary of the Spanish Empire.
Severino Matinez and his wife Maria raised six children in the Hacienda. Their eldest son was the famous Padre Antonio Martinez who battled the French Bishop Lamy to preserve the Hispanic character of the Catholic Church in the territory. The Padre was a dynamic social reformer who created the first coeducational school in New Mexico and brought the first printing press to Taos.
Today the Hacienda's twenty-one rooms surrounding two courtyards provide the visitor with a rare glimpse of the rugged frontier life and times of the early 1800s. Additionally, regularly scheduled demonstrations present the traditional arts and crafts of the region.
The Museum's Remarkable Women of Taos Exhibitions:
Cultural Threads – Nellie Dunton and the Colcha Revival in New Mexico
June 15 – January 6, 2013
Featured will be colchas from the THM’s permanent collections and the hand-colored plates of colcha designs from Nellie Dunton’s the Spanish Colonial Ornament. In the 1930s the Federal Art Project encouraged colcha (a form of embroidery) work in Northern New Mexico. During this time, Nellie Dunton, the former wife of Taos Society of Artists W. Herbert ‘Buck’ Dunton undertook the study of design patterns found on Spanish Colonial colchas. Her published portfolio of hand-colored plates was instrumental in the revival of this art form.
About the Museum Shop: Tradition lives at la Hacienda de los Martinez gift shop where visitors can find bultos, retablos, quilts, and vividly colored hand-woven textiles. Regularly scheduled demonstrations at the museum present the traditional arts and crafts of the region and provide visitors the opportunity to meet the artists. Our publications will add to your knowledge about these southwestern crafts and their makers.
Monday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5
Please call for winter hours.
708 Hacienda Rd. off of Ranchitos Road
(mailing: 222 Ledoux St.)
Taos NM 87571
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