Old Mesilla Village, Las Cruces

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A small town of 2,200 people, Old Mesilla Village brings New Mexico history to life. Many current residents are direct descendants of the original settlers, who were a mix of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American. The traditional architecture and adobe-style buildings still line the town's streets. Several families provide guided tours of the town, or you can pick up a brochure at the book center on the Plaza and take a self-guided walking tour of the area. Don't miss the Basilica of San Albino, constructed in 1855 of adobe. The church, which holds services in English and in Spanish, was rebuilt to its current state in 1906. This small town has played a role in many historical events, such as the Gadsden Purchase, the Civil War, and the trial of Billy the Kid--an outlaw of the Old West. Add Old Mesilla Village to your Las Cruces travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Las Cruces trip builder .
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  • Old Messilla Plaza is a great place to drink in a bit of Hispanic culture and a great place to watch people. Plaza is charming with a Basilica at one end and interesting shops and restaurants surround...  more »
  • We've been to the village a couple times and actually were sort of disappointed. Around the plaza there were just a hand full of vendors (were told it was bigger on Sunday and went back but again, not...  more »
  • Checked out this area while in Las Cruces. An old time square with many old building now containing shops and restaurants. History is displayed on various boards around the square. A beautiful church ...  more »

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