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Home, Garden Tour To Benefit Museum
The Cowin Home, built in 1921 and recently remodeled, will be a stop on this year’s Escalon Historical Society Home and Garden Tour on Sept. 11. Photo Contributed

Don’t miss this opportunity to tour a historic home and a unique garden in the city.

The Escalon Historical Society is hosting its 11th Home and Garden Tour and Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the museum on Main Street or by calling Dorothy Miller at 209-838-7176.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Vaughn Gardens will serve as one stop on the tour, where the luncheon will be served.

Also featured will be the Cowin Home, a unique part of local history.

Currently owned and remodeled by Ron and Judy Cowin after many years of abandonment, this historical home was built in 1921 by John and Gerda Swanson for their large family of nine children. Originally from Sweden coming by way of Nebraska where the weather was too cold for Gerda, they settled on 20 acres in Escalon. They worked the land with crops of grapes, alfalfa, almonds, peaches and apricots. A small dairy was on the property and plenty of chickens for Gerda to make her homemade bread.

With a new life, this home now has added several bathrooms (one with the original claw foot tub), a second floor master suite, two fish ponds and a built in pool.