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.