The stone & adobe mill was moved to the La Cienega location from the original location in Sapello, New Mexico, about 15 miles north of Las Vegas, N. The recreated Spanish Colonial village sits on over 200 acres in La Cienega, about 25 minutes southwest of Santa Fe.
GPS: 35° 34.20' N 106° 6.59' W ele 6,027’/1,837 meters Turquoise Hill Quadrangle The original location in Sapello was probably on either the Sapello River or Manuelitas Creek.
They spent summers at the ranch and began to restore it. In addition to recreating the original Spanish Colonial buildings on existing foundations dating to at least 1710, they brought buildings from other places in New Mexico including the Raton Schoolhouse, the big mill from Sapelló and the little mill from Truchas.
Living history villages are important in Finland and the Paloheimos decided to create one. They also built a few replicas of historic buildings form the colonial era including a Penitente morada (small chapel), based on the one in Abiquiu, NM.
They are open seasonally from April through October.