The History Series: An Ode to San Miguel

The history

With structures in the town center dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries, San Miguel de Allende (SMA) is located in south central Mexico and is a UNESCO world heritage site. If you’re not familiar, you can learn more here. San Miguel is dubbed the ‘birthplace of the Mexican revolution’ and several key battles were fought there. It was in danger of becoming a ghost town after an influenza pandemic in the early 20th century, but it gradually resurfaced as a tourist destination thanks to the ever present Baroque / Neoclassical colonial structures.

Today, San Miguel is a bustling destination that frequently appears on “best of” travel lists and particularly appeals to those fleeing the summer heat for higher altitude and cooler temps.


What does it mean to Half Past Seven? 

San Miguel is not only a destination Margaret has visited and loved for decades, but it is also where we – at Half Past Seven – source, and work with artisans to create more than half of the products we offer. The majority of our glassware, alpaca, pewter, and metal work is produced by local artisans. All Half Past Seven products made in San Miguel will be notated with a designated SMA Seal. 


We are honored to work closely with our partners and artisans in San Miguel and have learned so much about their cultural craft and history. We have a direct hand in designing Half Past Seven’s SMA-produced products, but we truly follow the artists’ lead, allowing them to bring our ideas to life with century-old techniques and unmatched talent. The hand-crafted, small-batch nature of our San Miguel products speaks to our commitment to high-quality, meaningful items and our desire to support artists and makers. 

We are privileged to share their crafts with the world and see Half Past Seven as a vehicle for helping support San Miguel’s heritage and traditions. Through our product line, we bring unique, well-made products to your home while supporting meaningful jobs for the people of San Miguel and surrounding communities. 

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