El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Original colonial buildings on this site date back to the early 1700’s. Additionally, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. The Museum, dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico, opened in 1972.
Villagers clothed in the styles of the times show how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico. Historic crafts that were part of daily life in the 1700’s are featured here including traditional weaving and colcha. These are also taught by volunteers. These photos from the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website show some of the colorful events planned during the year.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a colorful immersion into Santa Fe history that has something for every member of the family. Special festivals and weekend events offer visitors an in-depth look into the celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life in the Spanish, Mexican and Territorial periods of the Southwest.
This makes a great day trip for the family. Its 45 minutes north of Albuquerque and 20 minutes south of the Santa Fe Plaza (downtown Santa Fe). To see a schedule of events, click here to visit the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.