(This is a private residence and not open to the public. Please respect their privacy.)

J.D. Johnston’s Emporium, Jemez Springs, New Mexico. July 28th, 1938.
Now Known as Momaday House.
Momaday house in Jemez Springs 2015. Photo by Brandi Daw.

The Momaday house was built in the 1930s and served as a general store, post office, and rectory for Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. Its historical significance comes from the fact the from 1946-2011 it was occupied first by Al and Natachee Scott Momaday and later by their son N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer-prize-winning author, poet, and artist. In an article of unknown origin found in library files, he wrote this about the house:

My parents’ home at Jemez Springs is a great old stone structure of two stories, massive fireplaces, and cool, dark corridors. It has, in its conformation of oak timbers, native stone, and adobe, the character of a castle, or of a haunted parsonage on the Yorkshire moors. It is, in fact, called Stonehenge, and it is aptly named, for there is a kind of Druidic mystery to it; it is informed with something like timelessness. . . . Stonehenge is filled with a rich and varied treasure, the possessions that have defined my parents’ long tenure in the Southwest: baskets and rugs, silver and beadwork, woodcarvings and leathercraft, ancient pottery and innumerable paintings. The heads of wild animals, buffalo and deer, hang from the walls . . . It is a veritable museum of art, archaeology and natural history.

The Momaday house is no longer owned by the family. It continues to be a private residence and is not open to the public. Please respect their privacy.