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Malabar Farm State Park

Malabar Farm State Park is in Richland County near Mansfield, and an hour's drive NE of Columbus. Malabar Farm was home to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist Louis Bromfield. In the 1940s-50s Bromfield entertained Hollywood personalities at the scenic farm.  Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall were married here.

Tour the farm & "Big House" just as Bromfield left them in 1956. Tours are offered daily Memorial Day-Labor Day, closed Mondays & holidays after Labor Day, call for hours Jan. 1-Apr. 30. Wagon tours also offered. Fee charged for tours. A picnic area provides tables & grills. 

The Visitor Education center features green technologies including solar and wind power, educational displays, meeting rooms and a gift shop. There is an outdoor aviary nearby.
 
Malabar Farm offers a variety of sepcial events year-round, including farm field days, square dances, workshops, Ohio Heritage Days, Christmas at Malabar and an annual maple syrup festival.

The Pugh Cabin can be rented for small group functions. It offers a kitchen, fireplaces & common room for day-use only. The Malabar Farm Restaurant is open daily in spring, through fall for lunch & dinner, & during events & winter weekends.

Visitors can hike, ride horseback or cross-country ski on 12 miles of scenic multi-use trails. A 15-site campground for horsemen & family campers has basic amenities.
Address

Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Road

Lucas, Ohio 44843

Phone Number(s)

Local Number: (419) 892-2784
Fax: (419) 892-3988
Reservations: (866) 644-6727

Hours

Sunday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Special Hours:

Website(s)

Homepage

Admission

Camping: 17.00
House Tour: 2.00 - 4.00
Guided tour of Louis Bromfield's home
Wagon Tour: 2.00
Guided tour of the farm area

Parking

FREE

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  • The Shawshank Redemption
    by Discover Ohio

    Step into the lives of your favorite characters from one of the most popular movies of the past 15 years. The Shawshank Redemption, a blockbuster 1994 movie, was filmed largely in Mansfield, Ohio. A tour of the many Mansfield locations will lead you to Andy Dufresne's (Tim Robbins) jail-cell, the park where Brooks (James Whitmore) fed the pigeons, and the Oak Tree where Red (Morgan Freeman) found the note from Andy. For more information, visit www.shawshanktrail.com 

    Following are some of the most popular destinations along the "Shawshank" movie trail:

    1) Ohio State Reformatory - The Historic Ohio State Reformatory was used as a fictional penitentiary, Shawshank Prison. See the hole that Andy dug through his cell wall to escape and the tunnel he crawled through. It is just 2-feet in diameter.

    2) "Brooks Feeding the Pigeons in the Park" - Downtown Mansfield
    The park offers visitors two acres in downtown Mansfield, a gazebo, gardens, picnic area, playground equipment, the Historic Vasbinder Fountain, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and monuments. "Brooks" sat down on the bench in Central Park to feed the birds, hoping his friend Jake (his pet crow) would show up to say hello, but he never did.

    3) Andy's Home - Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park – a day-use facility
    This authentic log home was featured in the opening scenes of The Shawshank Redemption. Don’t miss the ‘Big House’ at Malabar Farm, where stars of stage and screen used to come to the country to visit Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. The home was the site of the prestigious 1945 wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

    4) Oak Tree - near Malabar Farm
    *NOTE: The Oak tree was damaged by a storm, only half the tree remains.
    As you drive east along Pleasant Valley Rd. just past the entrance to Malabar Farm State Park, look to your left to see the famous oak tree where Red walked along a hay field and removed stones from a rock wall where Andy kept his money.

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