>>There were rooms in the house the walls of which were 300 years old. We took a core sample from one exposed beam. the lintel over a (very low) door, which was dated to around 1700. It had probably formerly been an exterior door. The floor in one the west-side rooms is laid over what had once been a well INSIDE the house, which suggests preparations for seige. It was a typical New Mexico countryside house, with rooms added almost randomly over time.
>>We had just under 10 acres, originally, but the State condemned (and paid for) about an acre of it in the late '70, to straighten a dangerous curve on the north side.
>>None of the siblings were able/could afford to buy the others out and keep it in the family. It was bought, in 2002, by a dentist from Seattle, as sort of a project for his wife, who apparently made it productive. I've driven by, but I haven't gone in--the new owners installed a locking gate across the driveway.
It looks idyllic, but I couldn't WAIT to get away.