Located on the historic plaza in Old Mesilla, the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property embodies the rich history and heritage of the Southwest borderlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it consists of two storefronts and a large residence in the rear. In 1953, the three adobe buildings became home to J. Paul and the late Mary Daniels-Taylor, their children, and the family’s extraordinary collection of Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and New Mexican artwork.
Within it, visitors better understand the history, culture, and architecture of Mesilla and the surrounding communities. The people who lived in the home over time represent the cultural diversity of the community and were witnesses to important historic events that took place within the region. The building’s architecture, design and décor provide authentic examples of historic building styles and traditional adobe construction.
Open only by appointment at present, the property will eventually join the Historic Sites system, and NMHS is working toward crafting the amenities that will enhance visitors’ experiences. We’re doing so in the spirit of J. Paul and Mary Daniels-Taylor, who were active participants in politics, education, religion, history, and the arts. The donation of their precious home reflects their deep desire to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the history, culture, and architecture of New Mexico. The Campaign for New Mexico History will:
Visitors to the interpretive center and the Taylor Home will engage people of all ages in the history, culture and heritage of New Mexico, Mesilla, and the borderlands.
Besides showing at the interpretive center, this virtual tour will provide access to the entire home for those who are unable to visit it in person. Using new technologies, we can open the site to visitors from all over the world.
Hands-on objects and activities will help visitors of all ages connect with the stories the site has to tell about our rich heritage.