Jayuya, in the middle of the La Cordillera Central mountain range, is rich in archaeological history. But, it is also rich in more recent history. On same property as the Cemí Museum is the Museo Casa Canales. It was at this house where a short, but proud, freedom uprising took place in 1950. Today, it is an interesting museum that depicts the Canales family life, work and political beliefs.
In a small park in the barrio of Coabey, this reconstructed 19th-century coffee finca (rural smallholding) nestles in the shadow of the surrounding mountains. Replete with interesting antiques, it belonged to Jayuya’s first mayor, Rosario Canales Quintero. His son, born Nemesio Canales, became a prominent writer, lawyer, and politician, still admired for having been a leading proponent for universal suffrage and a champion of women’s rights. Rosario’s daughter, Blanca Canales, headed the Jayuya Uprising during the Nationalist Party’s 1950 revolt.
Address: Rd. 144, km 9.3 Bo. Coabey, Jayuya, PR
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/JZA7mUGgRyQ2
Phone: 939-268-1910 / 787-828-4618 / 787-828-1241
Admission: $2 for adults and $1 for kids (which gets you into both The Cemí Museum and this house)
Hours: 7 days a week, 10am – 3:30pm (may close 30 mins for lunch 12:30-1:00; holidays, too)