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Magoffin Home State Historic Site, El Paso

(4.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web)
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.
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  • This is a nice place to visit and get a glimpse of an early 1900s adobe home. The guide we had was very informative and was able and willing to anwer questions and provide background info. This isn't ...  more »
  • The inside of the Home is only accessible by going on a guided tour. The good news is that the tour is reasonably priced, and very interesting. You may have to wait a while for the tour to begin, but ...  more »
  • What a treat! The Magoffin Home is literally a walk back into time. See what an 1800's home looked like and how the Magoffin's hosted friends for more than 100 years. A historical landmark. Parking is...  more »
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  • This district was my old news paper route from 1978 through 1983. I use to deliver the newspaper to over 100 homes. My clients would tip very good and took care of me during the holidays with small gifts.
  • The historic Magoffin Home was originally built by El Paso mayor Joseph Magoffin in 1875. His family lived there until 1976, when the City of El Paso and the State of Texas bought it–and apparently also bought the ghosts that came with it. One ghost is believed to be Charles Richardson, Joseph Magoffin’s brother-in-law and best friend. Uncle Charlie rocks in the rocking chair that he died in long ago, and also opens and closes doors and tinkers with the lights. Also here are a ghostly lady in blue, thought to be Octavia Magoffin, as well as a little girl and a lady in a white Victorian-style dress. Cold breezes and taps on the shoulder have been reported by homestead visitors.
  • The guided tour is very informative. The home is beautiful and a must see on a trip to El Paso
  • Wonderful taste of local history with some paranormal appeal.
  • The Magoffin Home has the most caring staff and represents a jewel in the crown of El Paso history. You won't regret it when you visit.