Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: September 22, 2023
This famous 32 room mansion farmhouse was built on his farm in 1939 by Louis Bromfield. Broomfield wrote novels, articles, and screenplays. Bromfield’s third novel, “Early Autumn”, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927. The mansion is an example of Western Reserve Architecture. Bromfield also dabbled in water and soil conservation. The Hollywood elite saw this mansion and picturesque farm as a haven in the peaceful countryside. This is a famous Roadside Attraction because Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married in front of the twin staircase and honeymooned at the farm. The Big House remains a living tribute to Ohio’s rural heritage. When we visited, staff were setting up for a huge weekend festival with over 100 food, craft, and farm related booths. Also, on Malabar Farm is a barn painted for Ohio’s 200th anniversary of statehood, the 2003 Bicentennial Celebration. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties has one barn painted with the bicentennial logo.