Photo of the Week: The Oldest House, Santa Fe, NM

The Oldest House, Santa Fe, NM

The Oldest House in the United States is in Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

The Oldest House in the United States is in Santa Fe New Mexico’s Barrio Analco. The word “analco” means “across the water” in the language of the Tlaxcalans, the Indians who arrived from Mexico with the first Spanish settlers under the leadership of Juan de Onate in 1598. The Tlaxcalan Indians, who had come with him from Mexico, settled on this higher ground just above the Santa Fe River.  Tree-rings date the house to about 1650. Some believe the structure may be much older, perhaps, dating to the 1200s AD.  There’s not a lot of documentation about the origins of this house. It’s built on the site ruins of older Pueblo settlements which had been abandoned. The Tlaxcalans and Spanish who settled along the river probably followed the practice of the Pueblo people and used the land down to the river for farming.  The house is open for tours daily, closed Sunday. For hours, call (505)988-1944. While there, enjoy light refreshments in the charming coffee shop at the house run by Evelyn Roybal. The Oldest House is across DeVargas Street from  from San Miguel Mission,  dating to 1610, believed to be the oldest church in the country.

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7 Responses to “Photo of the Week: The Oldest House, Santa Fe, NM”

  1. Jeff Titelius
    November 5, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    This is incredible! I had no idea that oldest house is in Santa Fe. All this time, I thought St. Augustine would have been the leader. Great article.

    • Billie Frank
      November 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

      What did you think? You need to come visit- lots of surprises here.

  2. diane
    March 29, 2013 at 2:43 am #

    Such a special & beautiful city…

    • Billie Frank
      March 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Sadly, the oldest house is now closed to visitors. Wish the city (or the state) would buy it! It’s such a treasure.

  3. Billie Frank
    October 10, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Our pleasure, Mary. It’s exciting that someone has found a successful formula for that location. It was great to learn Amaury’s story

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