Guided Farm Tours

Enjoy a tractor drawn guided tour of Malabar Farm State Park. An Ohio State Park Naturalist will lead your journey and discuss landmark and conservation highlights in relation to Louis Bromfield and his book "Pleasant Valley". Tours generally last 45 minutes and will not overlap your house tour.

Working Farm

Discover the landmarks of Pleasant Valley as discussed by Louis Bromfield in his book called 'Pleasant Valley'. See the site where murderous Ceely Rose lived in 1896 and the 1919 mail order home where Bromfield's family lived when they arrived to Pleasant Valley.


The oldest cemetery in Pleasant Valley holds the many characters referred to in Bromfield's 'Pleasant Valley'. The subjects at this stop include Mt. Jeez, contour farming, strip cropping, and no till farming as well as Bromfield's last days.

Grazing Fields (Working Farm or Bailey Farm)

Rotational grazing cells permiate the landscape in Pleasant Valley. Learn about farming methods before the dust bowl and how Bromfield would reform the habits that led to the devastating event.

Bailey Farm (Restaurant) or Sugar Bush

See where Bromfield's produce stand, infamous for Jim Cagney's appearances, was located. The site is one of the four farms that Bromfield would purchase in 1939 and is the location of the present day restaurant.


Stop near the road leading to the location of the Ferguson farm purchased by Bromfield after his arrival in 1939. This stop is the location of our Maple Sugar Bush and the pugh cabin, filming location for the introduction scene of Shawshank Redemption.

Farm Tour Times

Memorial - Labor Day
Open every day (weather permitting)
1 PM & 3 PM

Saturday & Sunday
1 PM & 3 PM

Saturday & Sunday Only
1 PM & 3 PM

May 1st - Memorial Day
Saturday & Sunday
1 PM & 3 PM

Farm Tour Fees

$3.00/ Person (Ages 6+)
Free to ages 5 and under
Golden Buckeye Discount Applied

Tours are guided and last 45 - 60 minutes. Tours may be canceled due to low numbers and weather conditions. Golf Cart used for groups under five (5). We suggest that you call ahead (419-892-2784) for group (10 or more) reservations.