Louis Bromfield and His Malibar Farm
Malibar Farm is the historical home of author Louis Bromfield, who wrote many books from the 1920s to the 1950s. His career as a writer was wildly successful during his day, producing bestsellers, a Pulitzer Prize (Early Autumn), movie screenplays, and long stays in countries abroad, such as France and India. The small town where his farm is located is in Richland County, Ohio, which has a population of approximately 120,000, approximately double the number of residents during Bromfield’s day.
Read about Malibar Farm here: malabarfarm.org. The estate offers numerous landmark structures to enjoy, including the Bromfield’s historic home. The Malibar Farm website describes the house this way: “‘The Big House,’ as Bromfield fondly referred to his dwelling, began with a small existing farmhouse as a base and was enlarged into this thirty-two room home. The house, designed by both architect Louis Lamoreux and Bromfield, is a blend of Western Reserve architectural styles and was built to appear as if it had been added to over the years. Bromfield furnished the house predominantly in a french style with the original paintings and antiques collected during his world travels. Today, the Big House uses state-of-the-art, geo-thermal technology for heating, cooling, and humidification. This system helps preserve the contents of the house.”
About the Writer
A World War I veteran and American hero who traveled extensively, he owned several farms during his lifetime and was very interested in conservation. Some called him “America’s Most Famous Farmer.” (Malabar Farm is also where two famous movie stars married — Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.)
The Library of Congress has a photo of Louis Bromfield selling his typewriter to the US Federal Government in response to the military’s need for 600,000 typewriters. At the time, the Government called upon private citizens to help with this need. See the photo here: loc.gov/pictures/item/2017694946.
“Agriculture is the keystone of our economic structure. The wealth, welfare, prosperity, and even the future freedom of this nation are based upon the soil.” — Louis Bromfield
Malibar Farm is the seventh stop on our Ohio Author Adventures Trail.