After a stint as a WWI ambulance driver (for which he was awarded the French Legion of Honneur) and a "between the wars" residence in France, Bromfield settled on 1000 acres, just outside of Mansfield, Ohio. The estate, which he dubbed "Malabar Farm" (the main house of which is pictured above), became a working farm and early example of organic and self-sustaining farming. Many of his Hollywood friends visited him in Ohio. In fact, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married in 1945 at Malabar Farm.
The estate, now an Ohio State Park, remains a working farm. Visitors can tour the house and the estate as well as partake in the many activities offered there, including fishing, hay wagon rides, or shopping at the farm market. Other facilities include a restaurant, housed in an early 19th century farmhouse; primitive campsites; and a 19-bed dormitory-style hostel.
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(Photo Courtesy of Malabar Farm)