Big House Tours

Big House Tours

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'.

Bromfield's Study

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.

House Tour Times

Memorial - Labor Day
7 Days A Week
12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

September & October
Tuesday thru Sunday
12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

November
Saturdays & Sundays
12PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

December
Saturdays & Sundays
12PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

January thru April
Saturdays & Sundays
12PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

May 1st - Memorial Day
Tuesday thru Sunday
12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM

Closed Legal Holidays

House Tour Fees

$4.00 per person

Tour times are subject to change without notice, we reserve the right to cancel tours, limit numbers and change tour times. We suggest that you call ahead (419-892-2784) for current tour times and group (10 or more) reservations.

Closed: Christmas, New Years, & Thanksgiving Day. Park grounds remain open.