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You’d be hard pressed to find a 3rd grader who has a good time doing laundry, but at the McFarland Living History Ranch in Galt, it’s kinda fun.

The ranch and former home of John McFarland, who gave Galt its name in the late 1800s, still has his old house in mostly original condition, and gives visitors a chance to see the day-in and day-out life of our area from long ago.

“Almost everything in the home is in original condition, or re-furbished with an original theme in mind,” says ranch caretaker Ron Jacobson.

On any given day, a class of local school kids will go station to station on the ranch learning how things were done back in the day.

Friday, students from Holy Spirit School in Sacramento took turns making candles, plowing fields, and even making their own corn husk dolls.

The Galt Historical Society runs the ranch and will holding one of its annual fundraisers on Saturday July 26 called the “Sip and Snack at the Mac.”

For more information about the event that includes food, drink, and live music go to the society’s website at