El Rancho de las Golondrinas, “The Ranch of the Swallows,” was a paraje or stopping place on El Camino Real, the royal road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The property was opened as New Mexico’s first living history museum in 1972. The 200-acre museum features over 30 buildings, including a schoolhouse, general store, morada, blacksmith shop, and two working mills.
Spanish Colonial Days give students the unique opportunity to engage in activities of a typical young person during the Spanish Colonial era. To better understand our history, students can take part in the same daily chores as the early settlers. Candle making, corn grinding, rope-making, clothes washing, wool carding and spinning are among the several hands-on activities available to our young visitors.
The students will also have the opportunity to see the blacksmith hammering away in his shop, wheat being ground in the two gristmills, and fresh bread coming out of the horno. The resident burros, sheep and goats add to the fun and authentic atmosphere!
The cost of this field trip is as follows:
Children under 5 free
Children 5 and up $1.50
1 free adult per 5 homeschool students
We will meet in the parking lot of Las Golondrinas at 9:45am. Please RSVP to this Facebook event by April 12th, and indicate how many people will be in your party via the comments section.