Literary Mansfield

Author Interviewed About Bromfield Bio

3 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York is a meeting place for biographers to discuss the traditional and current theories in that form. The Center conducts a number of annual events to accomplish that goal, among which are lectures and conversations from and with authors of recent published biographies.

This August, that included author Stephen Heyman, whose biography “Louis Bromfield, The Planter of Modern Life,” was discussed by 1812Blockhouse several weeks ago. More…

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Bromfield Takes Center Stage In New Biography

23 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Publisher’s Note: As you have likely noticed, today’s 1812Blockhouse has a “food” theme, which reminded us of a story we posted this past April about a new biography of Louis Bromfield. As the book seemed a perfect companion for summer dining experiences, we are re-posting it here today.

He is well-known locally, to be sure. Nationally, and internationally, however, he is less of a household name.

That may change somewhat in the coming months.

Mansfield and Pleasant Valley’s Louis Bromfield is rushing back into the spotlight with the April 14 publication of what has been called the first major biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist. The 325 page work entitled “The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution” is a true page turner, according to reviews shared by Publishers Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, and on the website of its publisher, W.W. Norton & Company. More…

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Bromfield Book Club Announces Summer Reading List

28 May , 2019  

Malabar Farm State Park and the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library have announced the list of books to be read this summer at the Bromfield Book Club.

Taking place at 6 PM on the first Monday of each month at Malabar Farm, each month the Club reads one of Bromfield’s novels or books about the author. Each session includes discussions of that month’s book, guest speakers, and tours of the estate and park grounds (including snacks and light refreshments). More…


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Big House Valentine’s Bash

21 Jan , 2019  

What better place to celebrate all things love-related than spending an evening in the house where Bogart & Bacall got hitched?

The “Big House” at Malabar Farm will be hosting its annual Valentine’s Bash next month, and registration is now open. More…


History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Foundation Establishes Endowed Fund; Donations Welcome

11 Jul , 2018  

The Malabar Farm Foundation recently established an endowed fund at the Richland County Foundation.

Malabar Farm Foundation Vice President Bob Berry said the fund is to help plan for the future of the beloved Malabar Farm State Park. “There was a time when the Foundation board was scrambling to have enough money to mail membership applications for the Louis Bromfield Society, a membership program established to raise funds to support the mission of the Foundation. More…

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Night Haunts At Malabar Farm

21 Jun , 2018  

On three occasions this summer, including on Saturday, June 30, visitors to Malabar Farm State Park can experience the “other side” of Pleasant Valley.

The Park’s “Night Haunts” bring stories to life from 8:00 PM to Midnight. Visitors are encouraged to “dare to explore the normal to paranormal” while exploring murders, cemeteries, and haunted houses. More…


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Malabar Farm Seeks Your Best Photos

1 Jul , 2017  

Just like the photographers who captured the Bogey and Bacall visit to Malabar Farm, you too can find your images in print.

Malabar Farm State Park is holding a photo contest for the 2018 Malabar Farm Calendar. You are encouraged to send photos of the park from anytime during the year to: [email protected]. More…


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Summer 2017 At Malabar Farm

27 May , 2017  

As Memorial Day weekend is the ceremonial, albeit unofficial start of summer, we thought we’d take a look ahead at what the next three months will bring at various attractions in the Mansfield area. First up is Malabar Farm State Park, where here is what is on offer: More…

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Wanna Watch A Plow?

11 May , 2017  

Spring Plowing Days at Malabar Farm State Park are almost upon us.

Taking place on May 20 and 21 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, this event features the beautiful and majestic draft animals that once were the mainstay of farming in early Ohio. More…

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Mohican Wildlife Weekend: Malabar Farm State Park

26 Apr , 2017  

Malabar Farm State Park is the site and/or host for many activities this weekend as a part of Mohican Wildlife Weekend and carrying forward its theme of “Ohio Pollinators.” Those include the following: More…


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Maple Syrup At Malabar: Continued

5 Mar , 2017  

Back on February 22, we shared a story concerning the Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm State Park, which takes place this weekend and next.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has posted an interesting short video about maple syrup production at Malabar. More…

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Malabar And Maple Syrup

22 Feb , 2017  

As the weeks of winter wind on, even though the one we’re in the middle of one which is a bit warmer than normal, the sap is flowing nonetheless through the maple trees of north central Ohio.

What better time, then, for a Maple Syrup Festival – this one at Malabar Farm State Park.

For the 41st time, festivities take place on the first two weekends in March, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM each day. More…

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Malabar Farm Announces 2017 Event Lineup

5 Jan , 2017  

The amazing place which is Malabar Farm State Park will host a number of activities through the coming year. This week, the Park announced details and dates for the following events. Additional information for each can be found at this location online.


  • An Evening with Just Jazz Live & Friends
  • Richland Health – Winter Hike for Health



History & Tourism

Fall At Malabar Farm

23 Oct , 2016  

Saturday morning brought clear skies, a bit of a crisp wind, and a ceiling of puffy clouds that created shadows darting across the north central Ohio landscape. When combined with a near-peak weekend for tree colors, what better time to head to Malabar Farm State Park?

These images were taken during the noon hour at this amazing historic landmark. We’re happy to share them with you on your Sunday – with a recommendation that you head down Pleasant Valley Road yourself sometime very soon!

These photos may be viewed at this link. For a full screen image, click on any photo, and then again on the full screen icon on the top right.

Photo: 1812Blockhouse


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Ohio Heritage Days Festival At Malabar Farm This Weekend

19 Sep , 2016  

The 40th Annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival and In the Spirit of Friends Antique and Primitive Show takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday at Malabar Farm State Park.

From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days, crafts, primitives, antiques, tractors, horses, food, and live music will be on view, as will Civil War and 18th Century living history camps. On Sunday, these will be joined by archeologiacal displays. More…