Mesilla is a charming historical community in southern New Mexico. Established in 1848, Mesilla played a major role in the historic, economic, cultural, and political life of the Mesilla Valley. Today's residents of Messila are descendants of Mesilla's early settlers, a colorful mix of American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American cultures. The town preserved its cultural diversity through its colorful architecture, art, and customs, making Mesilla one of the most visited towns in the region.
The plaza, the buildings facing the plaza, the acequias, and whole blocks of traditional colorful residential adobe buildings beyond the plaza are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The plaza, which was traditionally the social, spiritual, and economic center of town, continues to be a lively gathering place for tourists and locals, with many festivals and celebrations taking place on its worn cobblestones. From the south end of Mesilla Plaza, you can see the 1906 Basilica of San Albino, where an earlier adobe church built in 1857 once stood. Many of the colorful adobe houses are today's restaurants, shops, and B&Bs.
2385 Calle de Guadalupe, Las Cruces, NM 88046, Phone: 575-647-4767 Photo: Old Mesilla Village
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