Discover Louis Bromfield's "Big House" with an Ohio State Park Naturalist. Learn about Bromfield's life before and after his arrival to Pleasant Valley in 1939. Tours generally last 45 minutes and will not overlap your guided farm tour.
Front Entry Hall
Once the tour begins, guests will gather in the Front Entry Hall with the Naturalist to begin the guided tour of the home. Learn about Bromfield's life prior to his arrival in Pleasant Valley and the events that unfolded in agricultural America before 1939.
Red Sitting Room & Mary's Bedroom
In the Red Sitting Room you will learn about Bromfield's first years at Malabar Farm and the building of 'The Big House'.
See where the Pulitzer-prize winning novelist wrote his famous books 'Pleasant Valley' and 'Malabar Farm'.
George Hawkin's 'St.Regis' Room
Every successful author needs a manager and editor. For Bromfield, he had the best. Explore the inner workings of the editor's room and the characteristic architectural styles this house is known for.
Guest Rooms and Honeymoon Suite
Bromfield was known for his active social life and on many nights the home took on the feel of a bustling hotel. See where his famous, and not so famous, guests stayed and where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall spent the night during their honeymoon.
Daughter's Sitting Room
Bromfield's daughters shared an active life in Pleasant Valley. See where they retreated after a busy day on the farm.
Living Room and Dining Area
The elegance of the formal areas is striking as the natural light flows through the single corridor country home. Learn about Bromfield's last years and how the State of Ohio would come to own the land.