THE MAUGER B&B HISTORY
The Mauger Estate B&B Inn is one of New Mexico’s grandest old homes.
Maude Talbot, the daughter of a local tavern owner and wholesale liquor distributor, ordered the residence constructed in 1897 at a cost of $1,600. Maude soon returned to her native New York after selling the home to William E. Mauger and his wife Brittania. The Maugers, a prominent Boston family, purchased the property in 1907 for $4,350. In 1912 they bought the lot to the west and added the two-story sleeping porch. It's said that W.E. Mauger had Tuberculoses and it was thought the dry New Mexico weather would heal TB, so the sleeping porch was made to have grand windows that opened and allowed the air to flow freely through the room.
W.E. Mauger owned the Raabe & Mauger Hardware store on 1st Street, but his primary business was buying raw wool from the Indians and shipping it back to Boston for resale. The Wool Room, now a gracious bedroom on the B&B’s second floor, was originally an office for the wool business records.
W.E. Mauger died in April of 1923 from Tuberculoses and his wife Brittania Mauger continued to live at the Estate until 1932. Mrs. Mauger then moved to a smaller house on Maple Street where she died in 1970 at the age of 102. Many people have stayed at the B&B and claimed to have felt a strong female presence at the home. Some think that the spirit of Brittania stayed behind as she was the primary keeper of the home and her husband.
Restoration of The Mauger Estate
The Mauger Estate B&B is a classic example of Queen Anne style architecture. It has been beautifully restored with careful attention to detail, preserving many of the original features including etched glass and finely refinished woodwork. The inn features a parlor/sitting room with a fireplace and plenty of games, stunning suites and cozy bedrooms (including one with a special doggy door and private yard), and a sunny breakfast room in what was once the home’s sleeping porch. The front porch was also restored to its original state and is a favorite for relaxation. The gallery below has pictures of the home throughout the years. Click the photos to enlarge and see more.