New Mexico Historic Sites
New Mexico Historic Sites
With infamy gained through the Lincoln County Wars, and the lives of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, the history of Lincoln, New Mexico, is riddled with acts of revenge, vigilante justice, and senseless violence. Between 1870 and 1886, more than 50 people met a violent end along the main road. Over the past 160 years, nearby Fort Stanton has served as an Army post, tuberculosis sanatorium, internment camp, and correctional facility.
Some say this history has given rise to plenty of restless spirits. To that end, visitors to both historic sites’ After Dark events may even be treated to some of the spine-tingling tales courtesy of the Lincoln County Paranormal and Historical Society.
“Both Fort Stanton and Lincoln take on another-worldly atmosphere when you walk through them at night,” said Tim Roberts, regional manager for Lincoln and Fort Stanton Historic sites. “It’s very easy to imagine that you have been transported back in time and these nighttime tours help to bring the stories of this area to life, giving context to the experiences of the people who lived and worked here and walked these very paths.”
During the After Dark events, visitors can explore the grounds and buildings of Lincoln and Fort Stanton, interact with costumed living historians, storytellers, and investigators from the Lincoln County Paranormal and Historical Society. The After Dark events are 6–9 p.m on the last weekend of the month. After Dark events are $5; free to children under 10.
Fort Stanton is the best-preserved Territorial-era army post in the state of New Mexico, providing visitors a unique historical experience.
- Jun 30, Fort Stanton After Dark
- Aug 25, Fort Stanton After Dark
- Oct 27, Fort Stanton After Dark
Fort Stanton Historic Site, Monday and Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m– 4 p.m; Sunday, noon–4 p.m Free admission.
Lincoln Historic Site
Stroll among Lincoln’s historic structures including Dr. Wood’s House, the defensive Torreon (tower) for the village, the San Juan Mission Church, and the Moñtano store.
- Jul 28, Lincoln After Dark
- Oct 26, Lincoln After Dark
Lincoln Historic Site, daily 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Admission $7 for adults; free for children 16 and under. Free to NM residents with ID on the first Sunday of each month. Wednesday admission is free to NM Seniors (60+) with ID.
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