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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:05 pm | Updated: 11:34 pm, Sun Jun 29, 2014.

It was 1965. The Vietnam War was ramping up, Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, the Rolling Stones first declared their inability to get satisfaction — and in Chimayó, Florence and Arthuro Jaramillo opened a restaurant.

The Jaramillos moved to New Mexico in 1963 from Connecticut, where Arthuro Jaramillo, a Chimayó native, had been stationed for the Navy. When Arthuro Jaramillo’s grandfather, Hermenegildo, died, the couple bought his house and began renovating to suit their vision, which had an unusual inspiration. Initially, the Jaramillos hoped to turn Rancho de Chimayó into a historical reproduction attraction, much like Plimoth Plantation or Old Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, where history is re-enacted and preserved along with the site. “We kind of thought we could reproduce something like Sturbridge Village,” Florence Jaramillo says. “ We wanted to convey a village within a village. That was our main goal.”

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2 comments:

  • Orelse posted at 6:09 am on Thu, Jun 26, 2014.

    Orelse Posts: 2

    Rhodesia didn't become Zimbabwe until 1980. Please stick to restaurant reviews and stop worrying about rewriting history.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhodesia

     
  • Carl Bender posted at 9:45 am on Wed, Jun 25, 2014.

    Carl Bender Posts: 1

    My roots run deep in Chimayó, but when I heard the restaurant was opening, my first thoughts were, "What? Where?" I didn't t think it would survive a year, let alone 50 years. But this native Hoosier always make a dining stop at the Rancho when he is in Chimayó, and it is the one restaurant I recommend to anyone visiting the Santa Fe area.
    Congratulations to the Jaramilllos for having the guts to see an improvised vision and to make Chimayó a destination.

     
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