MALABAR FARM STATE PARK
MALABAR FARM STATE PARK
4050 Bromfield Road Lucas
Lucas, Ohio 44843
Malabar Farm in Pleasant Valley was the dream of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield. Today, visitors can see the house and farm existing just as they did in Bromfield's time. The outbuildings and pastures still house chickens, goats and beef cattle. The hills are ribboned with strips of corn, wheat, oats and hay while the scenic trails are adorned with nature's bounty.
The natural features of Malabar Farm are representative of the diversity of the glaciated Appalachian Plateau region of Ohio. This area is renowned for its interspersion of woodlands, lakes, streams and bogs along with villages, fertile valleys, dairy and grain farms. Located in the Pleasant Valley of Richland County, Malabar's forests and fields offer visitors a glimpse of both the cultural and natural history of the area. The rolling countryside and fertile farmlands of Malabar recreate the pleasure of life on the farm while the wooded ridgetops support an abundance of natural wonders.
Glaciers pushed up and over the hills of the area depositing rich soils in the valleys. The woodlands are diverse with beautiful stands of beech and maple along with remnant stands of eastern hemlock in the ravines. Sandstone outcroppings adorn the slopes covered with ferns and mosses. Trillium, spring beauties and wild blue phlox carpet the forest floor. The woodlands are home to the wood thrush, barred owl, fox squirrel and raccoon while the fields support populations of bluebird, red-winged blackbird, cottontail rabbit and red fox.
In the rolling countryside of Richland County, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and dedicated conservationist, created his dream -- Malabar Farm. Inspired by his love of the land, Bromfield restored the rich fertility of the farmlands and preserved the beauty of the woodlands. He built a 32-room country home, where his family, friends and neighbors could share the pleasure of life on the farm.
In his book, Pleasant Valley, Bromfield wrote, "Every inch of it (the house) has been in hard use since it was built and will, I hope go on being used in the same fashion so long as it stands. Perhaps one day it will belong to the state together with the hills, valleys and woods of Malabar Farm." Bromfield's prophecy came true in August 1972, when the state of Ohio accepted the deed to Malabar Farm. The state pledged to preserve the beauty and ecological value of the farm.
Earlier that year, Bromfield's legacy to future generations came close to being extinguished. Malabar Farm, owned and operated by the Louis Bromfield Malabar Farm Foundation for 14 years, was threatened with foreclosure. But the Noble Foundation, which held the mortgage, agreed to erase the mortgage and accrued interest -- about $280,000 -- when the state of Ohio accepted Malabar Farm as a gift to the people of Ohio.
From 1972 to 1976, Malabar Farm was operated jointly by Ohio's Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture. Then in 1976, Malabar became one of Ohio's state parks. As a park, Malabar Farm is dedicated to perpetuating Bromfield's farming philosophies, preserving the Big House and its many artifacts, and providing a place where visitors can explore life on a farm and the beauty of nature.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Hiking Trail, miles14
Bridle Trails, miles12
A fifteen-site horseman's camp offers primitive camping for horsepeople as well as family campers. Fire rings, picnic tables, drinking water and latrines are offered.
The Pugh Cabin is a day-use facility for groups up to fifty people. This building can be rented for meetings and group functions from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Reservations are required.
May 16 - May 17
Spring Plowing Days - Malabar Farm
Watch as local Draft Horse Club demonstrate their plowing skills and fun contests at working Farm area. Free Event. Call (419)892-2784 or visit www.MalabarFarm.org for more info 11am - 4pm both days
Bogie and Bacall 70th Anniversary Celebration - Malabar Farm
All Things Wedding! you are cordially invited to attend the historic reenactment of the famous Malabar Farm wedding. Mingle with and have photo opts with "Famous" reception guests. Browse wedding vendors, enter a cake decorating contest, and renew your vows on the same spot Bogie and Bacall were married. Pre-registration and fees apply for some activities. Call (419) 892-2784 for more information.
Malabar Farm State Park
Sunday Drive Car Show - Malabar Farm
Continuing with the 70th Anniversary celebration, we offer a chance to show your historical car. Original cars from the 40's will be featured by the Big House. Guests will travel back to a bygone era with Sunday drive to the park to enjoy the cars, music and some old fashioned foods. Entrance fee for those entering a car. Call (419) 892 - 2784 for more information.
Malabar Farm State Park
May Barn Dance - Malabar Farm
Continuing a Bromfield tradition, square and line dancing with live music and caller. Beginners welcome. Food available. $1.00 admission at door. For ages 12 and Older For more information visit www.MalabarFarm.org or call (419) 892-2784
May Night Haunt - Malabar Farm
Dare to explore the "normal to the paranormal" while exploring murders, cemeteries, and haunted houses. End the night with Hot dogs and S'mores and Stories around the campfire. Pre- Registration Required. Call (419) 892-2784 or visit www.MalabarFarm.org for more information.
Fee - $30/each
Not recommended for children under 17.
Meet at the Visitor Center
June 12 - June 14
Best of the West - Hollywood Returns - Malabar Farm
Hollywood returns to Malabar Farm again in 2015. Join Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) and Johnny Crawford (from The Rifleman and more) as they look back on their careers, classic westerns and their work with many stars. It's a weekend full of trick roping, tall tales, film clips and stories of work with Hollywood greats. A fun show for all. For more information and tickets visit www.malabarfarm.org. (419) 892-2784. June 12 and 13 - 10am - 8:30pm and June 14 - 10am-3pm