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The Visitors Center offers a glimpse into daily life in the "Oldest Inhabited Town in the USA", from indigenous pre-history, through San Ygnacio's founding, and on into present day. Built in 1878, the modest stone ranch house was the home of Gonzalita Peña de Uribe until her death in the 1940's. The Visitors Center is open by appointment and also offers a limited selection of history books and pamphlets.
Exhibits include whimsical craft projects inspired by the local folklore, historic photos/videos of San Ygnacio, and progress on the "Save America's Treasures" restoration of the Trevino-Uribe Rancho, a National Historic Landmark. The deep family ties to Guerrero Viejo (Revilla) and Nuevo Laredo are well documented in the photographs, letters, and esquelas (death announcements), which were thoughtfully preserved for future generations. Mrs. Peña de Uribe's young nephew Guadalupe Martinez, who was trained to care for nearby Rancho La Union, grew up to become one of the region's most generous benefactors.
The Gift Shop makes available pertinent books, apparel, souvenirs, and DVDs such as the RPF-produced award-winning documentary Culture, Water, Money (1997).
The Treviño-Uribe Rancho is open during Open Sunday on the first Sunday of every month from noon until 5:00 P.M.
Private tours are available on a suggested donation basis.
For accommodations, visit the Posada Paloma website here. Posada Paloma welcomes birders, pilgrims, and international travelers year round.