Welcome to Green Gulch Ranch
Green Gulch Ranch is a historic property located in the unique Sierra Valley of California. Originally settled by the Lafranchini family in the 1860s, the property is now owned and operated by three generations of Harrison’s. The ranch, originally settled by Italian Swiss immigrants, use to supply milk and butter to the miners in Virginia City, a two-day wagon ride at the time. Two large hand-hewn barns still stand on the property today, attesting to the fortitude and ingenuity of the early settlers. The first, built in 1894, included dairy stanchions along one side, with an overhead rail to carry the buckets to the milk room. The north end of the barn had a separate area to stable and feed the draft horses. The rest of the structure was devoted to hay storage. In the early 1900s, a second barn was erected for additional hay storage. Both barns are still in use today. The original, two-story farmhouse, built in 1926, is used by members of the family.