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Near Perrysville in Richland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm

 
 
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By Jamie Abel, August 20, 2011
1. Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm Marker
Side One
Inscription.

Louis Bromfield

Acclaimed author, conservationist, and farmer Louis Bromfield was born in Mansfield in 1896. A graduate of the city's schools, he went on to study agriculture at Cornell University in 1914, but left in 1915 to help run his family's farm. In 1916, Bromfield enrolled in Columbia University to study journalism. As America entered World War I, he enlisted in United States Army Ambulance Service and saw action in seven major European battles. Determined to become a writer, Bromfield finished his education after the war and became a reporter. In 1921, he married Mary Appleton Wood and they would have three daughters. Bromfield's first published novel, the Green Bay Tree (1924), was a critical and commercial success: his third novel, Early Autumn, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927. The Bromfields moved to France in 1925 where the lived until 1938. In all, he published thirty books and authored numerous stories, articles, and screenplays during his writing career.

Malabar Farm

The threat of war in Europe and Louis Bromfield's own desire to return to the land of his youth prompted him to purchase three farms here in Pleasant Valley in 1939. He named the estate Malabar Farm after the Malabar Coast of India, the setting of his 1937 book The Rains Came. Bromfield
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By Jamie Abel, August 20, 2011
2. Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm Marker
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then set about to restore the land, putting into practice soil and water conservation techniques that later became widely influential. Devoted to educating farmers and the public about soil and water conservation, Bromfield hosted thousands of visitors at Malabar and expounded his ideas in speeches, columns, and over the radio. He also continued to write books, turning to non-fiction to share his experiences. Among these are Malabar Farm (1948) and Out of the Earth (1950). Bromfield died in 1956 and in the following years Malabar passed out of family ownership. Malabar Farm became a state park in 1976, demonstrating techniques that Bromfield put into practice.
 
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-70.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 39.092′ N, 82° 23.925′ W. Marker is near Perrysville, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Bromfield Road (Local Highway 438) and Pleasant Valley Road (County Highway 303). Touch for map. While the nearest town, Perrysville, is situated in Ashland County,
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By Jamie Abel, August 20, 2011
3. Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm Marker
The farm of Louis Bromfield can be seen in the background.
the farm and the state park lie in Richland County. Marker is in this post office area: Perrysville OH 44864, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Johnny “Appleseed” Land Lease and Nursery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Greentown Delaware Village (approx. 5.2 miles away); Frontier Violence During the War of 1812 (approx. 6 miles away); Clear Fork Gorge (approx. 6 miles away); Historic Mifflin (approx. 8.7 miles away); Charles Franklin Kettering (approx. 8.8 miles away); Greene Ville Treaty Line (approx. 9.1 miles away); Richland County War Memorial (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Perrysville.
 
More about this marker. The marker stands near the farmhouse at the far end of a visitor's center parking lot a quarter mile west of the park entrance.
 
Also see . . .
1. History. The Malabar Farm State Park web page detailing the life of Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 

2. Malabar Farm State Park. The Wikipedia page for the park. (Submitted on August 21, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio.) 

3. Louis Bromfield - Wikipedia. (Submitted on August 22, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Abel, August 20, 2011
4. Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm Marker
The Malabar Farm State Park visitor's center can be seen in the background.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 21, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 21, 2011, by Jamie Abel of Westerville, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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