Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Magoffin Home State Historic Site This is the official page of the Magoffin Home State Historic Site.
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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.

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhome #preservationmonthIt was 8 years ago that we celebrated the reopening of the Magoffin H...
05/28/2020

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhome #preservationmonth
It was 8 years ago that we celebrated the reopening of the Magoffin Home after it had been closed for an exterior preservation project. Our community joined us for the party. Thank you to all who attended that day. Thank you to the Ballet Folklórico who performed for us all. ❤️

#MuseumFromHome #wildlifewednesday #magoffinhomeThis baby prey mantis just wanted to stop by our visitor center to say h...
05/27/2020

#MuseumFromHome #wildlifewednesday #magoffinhome
This baby prey mantis just wanted to stop by our visitor center to say hi. He's very friendly!

#MuseumFromHome #magoffinhome #sunnyday L'Angelot is getting some rays, today.
05/24/2020

#MuseumFromHome #magoffinhome #sunnyday L'Angelot is getting some rays, today.

05/21/2020
#wildlifewednesday #magoffinhome #spotthecat🐈 This one is tricky, because he looks like a shadow on the wall.
05/20/2020

#wildlifewednesday #magoffinhome #spotthecat🐈
This one is tricky, because he looks like a shadow on the wall.

05/20/2020
05/16/2020

Victorian Sci-Fi Book Club
Symzonia:Voyage of Discovery by Capt. Adam Seaborn

As I rounded the corner, I interrupted a very important meeting.#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome
05/13/2020

As I rounded the corner, I interrupted a very important meeting.
#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome

Spot the cat! #WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome
05/13/2020

Spot the cat! #WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome

#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome
05/13/2020

#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome

#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome
05/13/2020

#WildlifeWednesday #magoffinhome

05/13/2020

#wildlifewednesday #nature #museum #history
Welcome to the grounds of the #magoffinhome

05/09/2020

As requested:

Corn Fritters by Mrs. Barber

One pint grated corn; one-half teacup milk; one-half teacup flour; one small teaspoonful baking powder; one tablespoonful melted butter; two eggs; one teaspoonful salt; a little pepper. Fry in hot lard.

05/09/2020

Cooking Class: Corn Fritters

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhomeIn 1881, Joseph Magoffin became the co-founder and Vice-President of the State National ...
05/07/2020

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhome
In 1881, Joseph Magoffin became the co-founder and Vice-President of the State National Bank, the first locally owned bank in El Paso. This is a picture taken of him standing in front of the bank in 1890. He is in the center, wearing a top hat.
Do you think the other gentlemen in this picture are staff? Why or why not?

05/04/2020
Magoffin Land

#minutemonday #magoffinhome

Welcome to the Magoffin Home, a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site, and Minute Monday, where you give us a minute and we will give you history. Today, let’s talk about the beautiful grounds at the Home.

In 1875, Joseph Magoffin built his adobe home on 1280 acres of land. He maintained about 27 acres of that land as his homestead and parceled the other acreage for sale.

He maintained his homestead and an orchard of apples, plums, peaches and pears until 1897. In that year, The El Paso Canal, used to irrigate the orchard, collapsed during a flood. Instead of repairing the acequia, Joseph opted to reduce his homestead to 5 acres and chose to maintain the trees closest to the Home, along with vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. By 1968, the site was reduced to approximately 1 and a half acres, which is what you see when you visit the home, today.

We have Italian Cypress, Arbor Vitae, Apple, Peach and Vitex trees, Bamboo, along with roses and daffodils, and various desert plants.

Thank you for joining us for Minute Monday, at the Magoffin Home, a Texas Historical Commission Site.

#lightthenight #magoffinhomeTonight, we light the front of the Home for all of our first responders. El Paso is thankful...
05/02/2020

#lightthenight #magoffinhome
Tonight, we light the front of the Home for all of our first responders. El Paso is thankful to have you watching over us and keeping us safe. Joseph Magoffin would be as proud of you as we are!❤️

The Texas Historical Commission is preparing to reopen most of our state historic sites for day-use only on Friday, May ...
05/01/2020

The Texas Historical Commission is preparing to reopen most of our state historic sites for day-use only on Friday, May 1. We continue to encourage social distancing and other best practices to avoid spreading the virus, and we will continue to advise our customers to know and follow local, state, or federal travel restrictions and other guidance.

Starting Friday, our historic sites guidelines will include strongly encouraging visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside their party, and not gather in groups larger than five outside of the same household.

As many sites are reopening, capacity will be limited. Select sites will require reservations to be made over the phone. Stay local and check the status of our sites before you visit: thc.texas.gov/historicsites.

04/29/2020

#minutemonday #magoffinhome

Welcome to the Magoffin Home, a Texas Historical Commission State Historic Site, and Minute Monday, where you give us a minute and we will give you history. Today, let’s talk about the beautiful grounds at the Home.

In 1875, Joseph Magoffin built his adobe home on 1280 acres of land. He maintained about 27 acres of that land as his homestead and parceled the other acreage for sale.

He maintained his homestead and an orchard of apples, plums, peaches and pears until 1897. In that year, The El Paso Canal, used to irrigate the orchard, collapsed during a flood. Instead of repairing the acequia, Joseph opted to reduce his homestead to 5 acres and chose to maintain the trees closest to the Home, along with vegetable, herb, and flower gardens. By 1968, the site was reduced to approximately 1 and a half acres, which is what you see when you visit the home, today.

We have Italian Cypress, Arbor Vitae, Apple, Peach and Vitex trees, Bamboo, along with roses and daffodils, and various desert plants.

Thank you for joining us for Minute Monday, at the Magoffin Home, a Texas Historical Commission Site.

04/29/2020
#wildlifewednesday

While enjoying Octavia Magoffin's beloved roses, we found a friendly little bee gathering some pollen.

04/26/2020
Intermediate Yoga with Rebecca Hendricks

Looking for a yoga flow focused on your core? Join Rebecca Hendricks, a tour guide at the Home and a certified yoga instructor, as she leads you through a 1 hour intermediate level routine.

Why is a history museum offering yoga? Joseph Magoffin, in addition to many other roles he played in El Paso, was a member of the Board of Health. In that position, he pushed for exercise and physical activity for the entire community, including women and children. In that spirit, we are continuing his work and offering free yoga instruction twice a month at the Home. Now, we are putting it online to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

04/25/2020
Buñuelos

Join us for a lesson in how to make buñuelos from a recipe published in 1872. Gloria, one of our tour guides, teaches a monthly food history class at the Magoffin Home.

Recipe:
1 lb. Flour (roughly 3 and 2/3 cups)
2 Eggs, well-beaten
1/2 cup Wine
1 lb Lard, melted
1/2 cup Anise Water

#lightthenight #magoffinhomeTonight, we light the Formal Parlor for all the essential workers who are keeping us safe, f...
04/25/2020

#lightthenight #magoffinhome
Tonight, we light the Formal Parlor for all the essential workers who are keeping us safe, fed, and healthy right now. You are heroes to all of us at the Magoffin Home! ❤️ Thank you and stay safe.

04/24/2020

Looking for a yoga flow focused on your core? Join Rebecca Hendricks, a tour guide at the Home and a certified yoga instructor, as she leads you through a 1 hour intermediate level routine.

Why is a history museum offering yoga? Joseph Magoffin, in addition to many other roles he played in El Paso, was a member of the Board of Health. In that position, he pushed for exercise and physical activity for the entire community, including women and children. In that spirit, we are continuing his work and offering free yoga instruction twice a month at the Home. Now, we are putting it online to enjoy from the comfort of your home.

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhomeBill Glasgow, Joseph and Octavia's grandson and Josephine's son, participated in the spo...
04/23/2020

#throwbackthursday #magoffinhome
Bill Glasgow, Joseph and Octavia's grandson and Josephine's son, participated in the sport of fencing during his time at West Point. This photo, from a West Point publication, shows him in his fencing uniform with his saber, which was one of his fencing specialties.

04/22/2020
Happy Earth Day from the Magoffin Home!

The Magoffin Home has a lot to offer on Earth Day. Wonder why? One word... adobe. Find out why adobe construction is one of the most environmentally responsible building methods in El Paso.

04/22/2020

The Magoffin Home has a lot to offer on Earth Day. Wonder why? One word... adobe. Find out why adobe construction is one of the most environmentally responsible building methods in El Paso.

Detail of decorative painting inside the Grand Box Piano at the Magoffin Home. Learn more about it in our video posted t...
04/21/2020

Detail of decorative painting inside the Grand Box Piano at the Magoffin Home. Learn more about it in our video posted today!❤️🤩

Thank you and welcome to all of our new followers! We have a lot of exciting posts and videos planned this week, includi...
04/21/2020

Thank you and welcome to all of our new followers! We have a lot of exciting posts and videos planned this week, including yoga and buñuelos. So stay tuned!

04/21/2020
#wildlifewednesdays

The 121 year old City Hall cornerstone has become a favored landing place for resting birds.

04/21/2020
The Box Grand Piano

What makes a box grand piano so special? Join us as Machelle Wood, our Education and Public Programs Coordinator, discusses one of the most beautiful pieces in the Home.

#lightthenight #magoffinhomeTonight, we light the Family Parlor for all the doctors and nurses in El Paso who are helpin...
04/21/2020

#lightthenight #magoffinhome
Tonight, we light the Family Parlor for all the doctors and nurses in El Paso who are helping to keep the community healthy. Thank you for your dedication and focus.
❤️from the Magoffin Home!

04/19/2020
Spring at the Magoffin Home

#soundsofspring #natureisloud
Join us for 10 and a half minutes of meditation. If you imagined what El Paso sounded like on a spring morning in 1881, this would be as close as it gets! Insects, birds, cats, church bells and train whistles all combine for the most peaceful spring experience.

Enjoy with headphones for even more intense sound or just turn your speakers all the way up.

Address

1120 Magoffin Ave
El Paso, TX
79901

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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.