“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Rio Grande in Gallia County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Homestead

The Homestead Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
1. The Homestead Marker, Side One
Inscription. The Homestead was built in 1820 by Nehemiah Wood with an addition completed in 1822 by his son, Harrison. The Wood family, a pioneer family of Gallia County, arrived in 1805.The Homestead remained in the Wood family for over 100 years. The two-story Federal style building is constructed of bricks made on site by freed slaves who accompanied Nehemiah Wood from Virginia. The lane just below the house was a stagecoach route that ran between Chillicothe and Gallipolis. In the mid-180Os the Homestead served as an inn and stagecoach stop. The Wood family sold the farm to Rio Grande College in 1938 which used the land for college gardening and farming programs.

Bob and Jewell Evans purchased the farm in 1953 so their children could grow up in the country. They hosted restaurant owners and grocery meat department managers, showing them that Bob Evans Farms Sausage really did come from “a farmer, down on the farm." With a country kitchen and beautiful farm landscape, the Homestead provided an ideal setting for television commercials, which Bob Evans Farms started producing in the 1950s. The Bob Evans Farm Festival began in 1971 and with a steadily increasing number of visitors, Bob and Jewell built a new home closer to Gallipolis. Bob Evans Farms acquired the farm from Bob in 1973 and maintains it as a working
The Homestead Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
2. The Homestead Marker, Side Two
farm and local historical center. The Homestead was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 14, 1987.
Erected 2013 by Bob Evans Farms, Inc. and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 19027.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 38° 52.956′ N, 82° 22.045′ W. Marker is near Rio Grande, Ohio, in Gallia County. Marker is on Farmview Road (Local Road 71) north of State Route 588. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 791 Farmview Rd, Bidwell OH 45614, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert L. “Bob” Evans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Village of Adamsville (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Rio Grande (approx. 0.7 miles away); New Hope Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bidwell (approx. 4.4 miles away); Morgan's Raid (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Lambert Land Settlement (approx. 6.8 miles away); Ewington Academy (approx. 8.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rio Grande.
Regarding The Homestead. The Homestead and surrounding area is a museum,
The Homestead, Bob Evans Farms image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
3. The Homestead, Bob Evans Farms
open daily.
Also see . . .  The Farm — History. “Bob’s television ads invited people to ‘come down and visit us’ at the farm. Before long, so many people came that it was hard for Bob and Jewell to accommodate them. So in 1961 the company built a restaurant at the farm, with four stools and six tables, to better serve them. The Sausage Shop, which is now a Bob Evans Restaurant, was the company’s first venture into the restaurant business. Visitors could sample sausage products and start farm tours from the shop.” (Submitted on September 6, 2018.) 
Categories. AgricultureNotable Places
Bob Evans Farms image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 31, 2018
4. Bob Evans Farms
View from the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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