“History never looks like history when you are living through it.” – John W. Gardner
Santa Fe beams brightly with stunning, deep-rooted, magical sites and sitting paramount is El Rancho de las Golondrinas. This is a place that will arouse the most learned history buff, the most bored child, and the most romance-starved wanderer. It documents life in another time in a location unlike any other in America, frequently mentioned in diaries and reports from yesteryear.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, “The Ranch of the Swallows,” was an historical stopping place along the famous Camino Real dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of the 18th-and 19th-century history of Spanish Colonial, Mexican and Territorial New Mexico. A sprawling gem of 200 acres in a rural farming valley, the museum recreates history through a myriad of buildings, including an 18th-century placita house complete with a defensive tower, a19th-century home with outbuildings, a molasses mill, a threshing ground, a blacksmith shop, a winery and a Penitente meeting house, among a vast array of other dazzling historical relics.
Operated with the dedication of volunteers full of deep interest and pride in New Mexico history (and looking so fine in historical dress), you are invited to engage in their sheep-to-blanket weaving program by helping to wash, dye, spin and weave the wool from the on-site flock of Churro sheep. Experience yesteryear as you buy, trade and barter in the country store, bake bread in an horno and tour the museum in a draft horse drawn wagon.
Particular emphasis is placed on El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ use as an educational facility. It welcomes teachers and students for tours, workshops, seminars and other learning experiences. Regularly hosting special events like the Renaissance Fair, Santa Fe Wine Festival, Harvest Festival (where you bring in the harvest with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas and bake fresh bread), the museum is one of Santa Fe’s deeply revered community gathering places for locals and visitors. Your visit to El Rancho de las Golondrinas will unquestionably be one of your golden memories of Santa Fe. Visit their website.
334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 471-2261