This is a repost of a repost. I could not look at these pictures without wondering about the stories that go along with them. Why did these families leave? What is it that makes us let a beautiful old home go to ruin? Enjoy.
The Lonely Haciendas of Mexico
Although not obvious to the unschooled eye, the haciendas of Mexico are everywhere in my part of Jalisco. Some are retained by the children of former owners who live in Guadalajara or farther away. The descendants of families who have tended these haciendas for hundreds of years still reside there with no money for maintenance and owners who forget their pay for months or even years at a time. This, although sad for them, is fortunate for those of us who wish to witness the ruins of times gone by, for a few hundred pesos is a godsend to them and wins us admittance to see these aging ghosts.
One of the haciendas depicted was purchased by a Canadian couple who donated it as a boy’s orphanage. Another is a former horse-raising hacienda with all its original furniture, drapes, tackle and games room, complete…
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