There is nothing like the Magoffin Home State Historic Site. It was the home of one of El Paso's founding families, the Magoffins. The Magoffin family has been in the El Paso area since around 1856, and for a while, the area was called Magoffinsville. Joseph Magoffin, who built the Magoffin Home in 1877, was instrumental in bringing railroads, utilities and new businesses to town. He was a co-founder of the State National Bank and served as its vice president for 40 years. He was also a county judge, a four-time mayor, and held other public offices. His wife Octavia was no slouch herself. She was very active in the community and active in Catholic charities. They had two children, Jim (1864–1913), and Josephine Magoffin Glasgow (1873–1968).

You can not only tour the Magoffin Home, which you should because it is an eye-opening because it is such a step back in time as to how families lived in the area before the railroads came along and the town went from 700 people to 70,000 in just a few years. You can also learn how to cook from a time when the family still lived in the house.

The Magoffin Home will be discussing the role food played in the daily lives of 19th century El Paso. You and your family can cook from a recipe that comes from the El Paso Cookbook published in 1898. You'll get the recipe, ingredients, and cooking supplies for $5 per person.

Call 915-533-5147 to reserve your spot and learn how to cook the Magoffin way!

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