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New Mexico – El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Kitchen - El Rancho de las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Spanish name translates to The Ranch of the Swallows. The authentic ranch dates back to the early 1700’s when it was a stop on El Camino Real, the trading route from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Today it is a fascinating place to learn about the southwest in both Spanish Colonial and Territorial New Mexico time periods.

The ranch sits on 200 acres about 15 miles southwest of Santa Fe. Many of the buildings are original to the property and others have been […]

Oregon – High Desert Museum

Fun and games at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch - High Desert Museum

A must-see on any trip to Bend, Oregon, is the High Desert Museum. This is one of those museums that has a little bit of everything, and is perfect for families.

The museum is a combination of a history museum, art museum, zoo, living history museum, and park. That may sound chaotic, but all the exhibits are tied together with a common theme: the High Desert, a region that covers parts of eight states and British Columbia. The museum is both fun and educational. Many thanks to the museum for providing us complimentary admission so that I could research […]

Kentucky – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Shaker Village Gardens 2

We’ve been to many historical villages and living history museums over the years, but I think that the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has been our favorite. Calling their village “pleasant” was accurate, but perhaps also showed the Shakers’ tendency toward humility. A feeling of serenity permeates the village.

The Shakers first came to America in 1774 and settled in New England. In fact, there is still an active Shaker community living in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. The Shakers practice communal living, celibacy, and worship that involves dancing and shaking, which is how they got their nickname. The Shakers established […]

Virginia – Mount Vernon

Back side of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is one of the most visited estates in the U.S. It is ideally situated with a peaceful view of the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do that it would be worthy of visiting even if it didn’t belong to the first president of our country.

Because there are many other people who also want to see and do the same things, it is essential to have a plan. The Orientation Center has a display titled “Plan Your Visit,” but I would recommend having a plan before you […]