Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Magoffin Home State Historic Site This is the official page of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. A striking historic adobe structure, this site explores the stories of a multicultural family who influenced the development of the Southwest borderlands.

Magoffin family members actively participated in American expansion, West Texas settlement, trade on the Santa Fe Trail, Civil War turmoil, military service and U.S.-Mexico relations. The home, built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, is a prime example of Territorial style architecture and features a center courtyard and a peaceful landscape. Explore the home's authentic art and furnishings reflecting the daily lives of this prominent El Paso family.

Operating as usual

The Magoffin Home and our Visitor Center have been immersed with butterflies this summer. To the left, an Eastern Tiger ...
09/17/2021

The Magoffin Home and our Visitor Center have been immersed with butterflies this summer. To the left, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. To the right, two Giant Swallowtails.

Stop by to visit our gardens and experience their beauty.

The Magoffin Home and our Visitor Center have been immersed with butterflies this summer. To the left, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. To the right, two Giant Swallowtails.

Stop by to visit our gardens and experience their beauty.

We jumped the opening date of the book club up by one week, yesterday. We will do a brief check in next week for questio...
09/16/2021

We jumped the opening date of the book club up by one week, yesterday. We will do a brief check in next week for questions about the book or the series. Did anyone get inspired to read the book?

Join us next month for "Munster Village."

We jumped the opening date of the book club up by one week, yesterday. We will do a brief check in next week for questions about the book or the series. Did anyone get inspired to read the book?

Join us next month for "Munster Village."

This photo from our Candlelight Tours in 2009 shows just how "moody" the Home looks at night. If you are interested in e...
09/16/2021

This photo from our Candlelight Tours in 2009 shows just how "moody" the Home looks at night. If you are interested in experiencing the Magoffin Home at night, stay tuned for an exciting opportunity! #ThrowbackThursday #MagoffinHome #museumbymoonlight

This photo from our Candlelight Tours in 2009 shows just how "moody" the Home looks at night. If you are interested in experiencing the Magoffin Home at night, stay tuned for an exciting opportunity! #ThrowbackThursday #MagoffinHome #museumbymoonlight

09/15/2021

Victorian Sci Fi Book đź“š Club

09/15/2021

We are going live in 20 minutes for Victorian Sci Fi Book Club!

Thank you to EPCC for inviting us to speak about the Home! Check it out.
09/15/2021
Mature Living 1352

Thank you to EPCC for inviting us to speak about the Home! Check it out.

Pickleball with Cece Hunter & Laura SmartMagoffinHome State Park - Michelle WoodDave Davis with Multipurpose Facility Center

Quick poll: How many of you would be interested in a special evening tour of the Magoffin Home on October 29th? Let us k...
09/15/2021

Quick poll: How many of you would be interested in a special evening tour of the Magoffin Home on October 29th? Let us know in the comments if you would be interested.

Quick poll: How many of you would be interested in a special evening tour of the Magoffin Home on October 29th? Let us know in the comments if you would be interested.

The Magoffin Home has reopened today after the weekend’s extreme weather! Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m...
08/17/2021

The Magoffin Home has reopened today after the weekend’s extreme weather! Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

More about the site: https://www.thc.texas.gov/historic-sites/magoffin-home-state-historic-site

In El Paso, the name “Magoffin” appears in a locally designated historic district and in history books. Over multiple generations, members of the Magoffin family were prominent in the community.

Our Magoffin Home State Historic Site explores the stories of this family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil, and U.S.–Mexico relations.

Joseph Magoffin—born in Chihuahua, Mexico and educated in Kentucky and Missouri—first came to the El Paso area in 1856 to work in his father’s mercantile shop at Magoffinsville.

After serving as a Confederate commissary agent in the US Civil War, Magoffin returned with his family to El Paso and became an advocate for the development of the city and the region. Using his extensive landholdings, he helped bring railroads, utilities, and new businesses to town, increasing his personal fortune.

Magoffin was a co-founder of the State National Bank, where he served as vice president for 40 years. He also served as county judge, four-term mayor, and collector of customs, along with numerous other public offices.

Joseph’s wife Octavia was a social leader in the El Paso community and active in Catholic charities. They had two children, Jim (J.W.) Magoffin and Josephine (Josie) Magoffin Glasgow.

When the Magoffins moved into their new home in 1877, El Paso was a small frontier town. In 1887, the El Paso Times described the homestead: “The grounds surrounding it comprise twenty acres, embraced in lawns, flower gardens, fruit orchards, vegetable beds, grass plats, and small grain divisions.” The home is a prime example of Territorial style architecture.

đź“· Magoffin Home in 1887. Joseph and Octavia Magoffin are the couple at the left.

08/13/2021

Due to heavy rain and flooding in El Paso, the Magoffin Home State Historic Site is closed today for the safety of staff and the public.

We are monitoring the site for leaks, flooding, or other damage.

We will post updates to the site status as warranted during this evolving weather scenario. Thank you and stay safe.

08/07/2021

And done…we will be posting today’s recipe in the comments below.

08/07/2021

Join our cooking class on site next month, September 4th. Miss Gloria will be teaching the recipe for macaroni and cheese from the locally published El Paso Cookbook.

08/07/2021

Our monthly cooking class is on site once again. Today Miss Gloria is making “pudin de leche” from the locally published 1898 El Paso Cookbook which is available in our gift shop.

08/05/2021

The Magoffin Home has returned to on site events and this Saturday, August 7 at 10 am we will be hosting our monthly cooking class with Miss Gloria. The recipe for August is "pudin de leche".

"Pudin de leche" is similar to a bread pudding and this recipe comes from El Paso's first published cookbook in 1898.

Join us for this free class at our Visitor Center August 7, at 10 am.

On the second anniversary of the shooting, we just want to appreciate that we are all #ElPasoStrong. Thank you to KISS F...
08/03/2021
WE ARE EL PASO STRONG

On the second anniversary of the shooting, we just want to appreciate that we are all #ElPasoStrong. Thank you to KISS FM 93.1 for sharing and to Devin Cuevas for directing this tribute.

No matter how great the sorrow, nothing will hold us down because WE ARE El PASO STRONG! El Pasoans unite as one and stand strong for all of our fellow broth...

Today was our final Friday Funday for the summer 2021. Ms. Gloria led Art in the Garden using water colors. Our young ar...
07/30/2021

Today was our final Friday Funday for the summer 2021. Ms. Gloria led Art in the Garden using water colors. Our young artists selected their favorite places in the Magoffin Home gardens to create their compositions. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

~The Magoffin Home staff

These two couples started the tour of the Magoffin Home as complete strangers.  By the end of the tour, they had become ...
07/27/2021

These two couples started the tour of the Magoffin Home as complete strangers. By the end of the tour, they had become friends. It is truly amazing to see the connections our visitors make at the Home.

These two couples started the tour of the Magoffin Home as complete strangers. By the end of the tour, they had become friends. It is truly amazing to see the connections our visitors make at the Home.

A shout out to the adobe making skills of the Esparza family. Mom and Dad enjoyed today’s class as much as their kids an...
07/16/2021

A shout out to the adobe making skills of the Esparza family. Mom and Dad enjoyed today’s class as much as their kids and joined in the fun.

You are never too old to play in mud. Be sure to check back for our remaining summer Friday Fundays. Next week is Games. Call 533-5147 for questions and to make a reservation.

07/09/2021

Our Teddy Bear Picnic with Miss Gloria was a success and all who attended requested that we post our recipe for Strawberry Ice Cream in a Bag.

We have a confession before we do, though. The recipe isn't ours. It is courtesy of Southern Living Magazine. See comments below for the link to the recipe page.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups ice
1/4 cup rock salt or kosher salt
1 cup half and half
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

Combine ice and salt in gallon Ziploc bag; set aside. Combine half and half, sugar, vanilla, and strawberries in a quart Ziploc bag; seal tightly. Place quart bag inside gallon bag; seal. Cover gallon bag in kitchen towel. Shake vigorously until half and half mixture is thick and chilled, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from bag to serve.

Enjoy!

Mia and her mom spotted our Magoffin Home painted rock. Congratulations!
07/07/2021

Mia and her mom spotted our Magoffin Home painted rock. Congratulations!

Mia and her mom spotted our Magoffin Home painted rock. Congratulations!

06/25/2021

Want to stay up to date with the Magoffin Home events? Check out these two links in the comments below and see what is happening here as well as view other family friendly events in the El Paso and Las Cruces area.

06/22/2021

Victorian Sci-Fi Book Club: The Purple Cloud continued

06/22/2021

Victorian Sci-Fi Book Club: The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel

06/19/2021

Victorian Sci-Fi Book Club will go live on Tuesday, June 22nd, at noon. The book being reviewed is "The Purple Cloud," by M. P. Shields, published in 1901.
Join us!

06/17/2021
06/17/2021

Join Gloria Garza for our Make A Thing class at 10 am today June 17th as she demonstrates three different styles of fan making for all age and skill levels.

Make these beautiful fans tomorrow for our regular Make A Thing class. Come on site for hands on learning or watch us li...
06/16/2021

Make these beautiful fans tomorrow for our regular Make A Thing class. Come on site for hands on learning or watch us live on Facebook June 17th at 10 am. Three difficulty levels will be demonstrated.

Cost: $5.00 and 10 years and under are free.

Make these beautiful fans tomorrow for our regular Make A Thing class. Come on site for hands on learning or watch us live on Facebook June 17th at 10 am. Three difficulty levels will be demonstrated.

Cost: $5.00 and 10 years and under are free.

#ThrowbackThursday #magoffinhome For anyone struggling with the summer heat, all of us at the Magoffin Home offer this p...
06/16/2021

#ThrowbackThursday #magoffinhome
For anyone struggling with the summer heat, all of us at the Magoffin Home offer this photo from the winter of 1946/1947. Just focus on all of the wonderful snow! Can you imagine the crunch of it under your feet? Can you feel the snowflakes hitting your face?

#ThrowbackThursday #magoffinhome
For anyone struggling with the summer heat, all of us at the Magoffin Home offer this photo from the winter of 1946/1947. Just focus on all of the wonderful snow! Can you imagine the crunch of it under your feet? Can you feel the snowflakes hitting your face?

06/15/2021

Calling all kids!

Our first Friday Funday is this week. Join us June 18th from 9am- 11am for Adobe. Learn the history and make your own model home with bricks you create yourself. Cost: $5.00 per child.

Reservations are required and space is limited so call now: 533-5147. Last day to register is June 17th by 3 pm.

06/12/2021

Yoga with Rebecca will be Live this morning at 10 am. Today’s session is a slow flow focusing on stability, range of motion, and tension release through the neck and shoulders.

Join us!

06/11/2021
06/11/2021

Due to heat advisory for today and tomorrow, we are closing at 1:00 pm today Friday, June 11th and will reopen on Sunday, June 13th at 9:00 am.

We ask that everyone take extra care and be safe during this heat wave.

06/09/2021

In the 1920s and ’30s, one of the popular acts in Paris was a drag performer from Round Rock, Texas.

Vander Clyde Broadway was born in 1899 (sometimes recorded as 1897 or 1904). His mother once took him to Austin to see a circus, thereby sparking what would become a glittering career. After that, young Vander practiced tightrope-walking on a clothesline in his backyard. At 14, he became an acrobat with a circus in San Antonio.

Later, he joined an aerialist group, the Alfaretta Sisters, upon the death of one of the members. The role required him to dress in women’s clothing during his daring stunts; from this experience he created the stage persona “Barbette”—choosing a pseudonym that could function as a woman’s first name just as easily as a man’s last name. This ambiguity and embodiment of multiple genders was a theme of each show.

Barbette toured as a headliner through Europe, performing in Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, and Paris. The act was said to be stunning, with tightrope and trapeze acrobatics executed in lavish outfits and full makeup.

In Paris, the aerialist found solidarity in a group of artists and writers that included Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, and Pablo Picasso. Cocteau’s 1924 essay, “Le Numéro Barbette,” helped bolster Barbette’s fame and allowed the performer access to the inner circle of the Parisian elite.

After catching pneumonia in 1938, Barbette retired from performing, but continued working as a trainer and choreographer for circuses and films.

The performer died in 1973 and is buried in Round Rock Cemetery. A Texas historical marker chronicling the aerialist star was approved in 2015.

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1120 Magoffin Ave
El Paso, TX
79901

Opening Hours

Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(915) 533-5147

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I'm hoping for some research help. I have sent a private message.
This is a shout-out to Gloria and Martha for being such great hosts and guides. It was an enjoyable visit and the suggestion for Carlos and Mickeys was awesome. From your counterparts: Thelma and Louise.
See "Magoffin Home Update 2008" on KRWG TV22 Sunday night 8-27-17 at 10:30pm. see El Paso history tonight.
Such a beautiful and wonderful place. The home and grounds are so beautifully maintained. It's like stepping back in time. The home gives off such a peaceful vibe and you feel as if the Magoffin family are there greeting you and making you feel welcome. The staff and docents are friendly, intelligent and professional and you can tell that they love what they do.
This is a block from where I live.I never been there.Would like to go in there.