Perfect. Utterly classic. The Kit Carson Museum in Rayado, New Mexico is basically a restored working hacienda. All the rooms are set up like they would have been in the 1840s with period furniture, buffalo hide rugs, everything authentic. Not pristine at all, but dusty and dim, a little bit disordered. It looks like the residents just stepped out. I was so impressed.
Philmont Scout Ranch, just up the road, has owned the property since the 1950s. It’s a powerfully peaceful place. One reason is the staff, mainly scouts and local female hires in the summer, who wear period costumes and give private guided tours. These people know their history and speak in complete sentences. That threw me off a bit at first, but now I get it. They’re working in a replica hacienda, right? Well, it’s 1848 and no one has a phone! No one anywhere was scrolling through his messages or listening to music. These fine young men and women look you in the eye and pay attention. It was heavenly, I tell you. Kudos to Philmont and the people of New Mexico. One damn fine undertaking all around, and all completely free.