Hacienda de Compañia de Jesus

After our tour of the rose plantation we visited the Hacienda de Compañia de Jesus, which is on the plantation property. As we arrived to the house grounds we were greeted by some lovely young women in traditional dress who offered us the famous bizcocho and some jugo de mora (blackberry juice).

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The area is famous for bizcocho and tasty cookie served with some fresh cheese.

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The hacienda is the family home of the Rosadex owners who open the 1st floor of the historic property to visitors, as well as the Jesuit Chapel.  The hacienda was owned 300 years ago owned by Jesuit monks.  When King Charles expelled the Jesuits from Spain and its colonies the property property became a dairy and grain farm.  The grain storehouse is now used to store roses instead.

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We toured the interior of the 1st floor of the hacienda.  It was beautiful.

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The chapel was very interesting.  When used for services, wealthy people sat in the front, closer to god than the commoners.

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It is uphill to the alter, representing that fact that people had to work harder to reach god.

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One of the most interesting features in the chapel was the statue of the Jesus de Esperanza (good hope).  Visitors make offerings to the statue.  If there is a drought, the local community will ask permission to take the statue out for a processional in an effort to alleviate the drought.

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Here are some pretty photos of the store room, now full of roses 🙂

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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

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New Bern, NC 28562
Email: bellaceroc@cravencc.edu
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