My friends are not particularly interested in photography. However, they are interested in history and architecture so when the subject came up and I said I had been there eight or ten years ago and photographed it then, they wanted to do another road trip.
Hence the previous post about being on the road.
The Hacienda is exceptional. It was, in the 1700's, the largest hacienda in Mexico. Not only was it the largest, but the most productive, with cattle, agricultural crops, mining nitrate for gunpowder and harvesting crops for mescal, which is still ongoing to this day. The mescal that is........
Construction on the buildings began in 1613 when the second owner of the land, Martin Ruiz de Zavala lived there. Interestingly, there are many Zavalas living in San Miguel.
No guard. I told everyone to be patient that someone would show up. Within 5 minutes a red pickup pulled in and parked in front of the doors. Out came the watchman and his son. I asked if it would be possible for us to go inside to see the hacienda. That we had come a long distance. At first he said "No". I then said gwe would not be long and would it be possible? He said he had to call his jefe (boss) and it would be a few minutes. And he did. The owner of the property is in Mexico City and he agreed that we could go in for a short period of time. While the others looked around on the second floor, I stayed and schmoozed the guy with my pathetic Spanish. I asked about his family and how long he had worked here. Things like that.
In addition, there is a lovely church to the east of the chapel. I'll share those photos in my next post along with photos taken many years ago when I was last at the hacienda. Again, it was common for the hacienda owner to build the church for the workers to use and the people in the village.
This hacienda is truly in the middle of no major towns or cities. There is a train station nearby that was used back in the day, but is not used any more to get from Mexico City to Nuevo Laredo.
There is a LOT of information and photographs on Google.com and the article that gave the most information was the magazine article from Mexico Desconocido. It is in Spanish, but can be translated into English by hitting the translate button. I found out about the chapel both from this article and a photographer who referred to it as la Capilla Hacienda.
In the information, it also came to my attention that Dotty Vidargas Realty in San Miguel has the listing to sell the hacienda. It could be a great destination resort!
IF you have millions of dollars...........