Elizabeth Terese Newman
Above all else, the Hacienda San Miguel Acocotla was a working business. Acocotla had its own brick kiln where it would have produced the construction materials necessary to maintain the farm.
At Acocotla, each of these 9 foot by 9 foot rooms would have housed a family of Acocotla's indigenous workers. They would have shared the space in front for many of their household activities.
This area, built during the Mexican Revolution, provided a protected agricultural area to produce food during uncertain times. Today, the field is planted with corn by a descendant of Acocotla's workers, just like the surrounding fields.
Wheat Storage Sheds
Acocotla was a wheat hacienda. These large rooms, lining the eastern facade of Acocotla's casco, protected Acocotla's product from both weather and the Valley's marauding criminals.
This space would have been used to store farming tools. The hacienda manager's office was also in this space, as was the kitchen for the Hacienda owner's quarters in the adjacent Lime Patio. Every week, the Hacienda workers would have come to this patio to collect their wages.
Access to water was always a problem in the Valley of Atlixco, as it is today. Acocotla's reservoir would have helped Hacienda owners control this hard-to-come-by and much-needed resource.
The paved floor to the east of Acocotla's wheat storage sheds provided a space on which wheat could be threshed after harvest.