Have you been to El Paso, Texas? I fell in love with this mountainous, desert part of our state. If you love history or even just antiques, you’ll want to visit the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. A preserved adobe home, Magoffin Home State Historic Site tells the stories of one of El Paso’s early prominent families 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. Fascinating!
Begin your tour across the street at the Visitor Center where you can purchase tickets. Tours are available at set hours so check the visitor information, but self guided tours are also available. While in the Visitor Center make sure you catch the movie giving a short history of the Magoffin Home.
Joseph Magoffin and his wife Octavia moved into the home in 1977. The house consisted of a large hall and six rooms. Joseph built the home on family property that was left to him by his late father. The Magoffins were well known for their hospitality and entertained guests often in their home.
Later the Magoffin’s son, Jim and his wife Anne, along with their four children lived in the home. Anne and her children took care of Joseph in there until his death in 1923.
After Joseph’s death, Joseph and Octavia’s second child, Josephine, her husband, and their five children moved into the Magoffin Home and lived there for the next forty years. Their daughter, Octavia, continued to live in the home until her death in 1986!
The home still contains many items that belonged to the family including furniture, decor, and personal items. The city of El Paso along with the state of Texas purchased the home from the family’s heirs. Together they preserve a part of our Texas history!
Want to learn more? Watch this great video about the Magoffin home and then click over to their website for the latest events and information.
Looking for more things to do in El Paso? See 10 Things to do in El Paso, Texas.