This morning we had a stinky surprise on the front walkway.
It was expected to rain in the Cleveland area today, but not so farther south. We drove about 1.5 hours, down I-271 to I-71 to Lucas, OH. Arrived at the Malabar Farm State Park about 12:30 and obtained tickets for the 14:00 tour of the "Big House."
At the Visitors Center we perused the small museum about farming and conservation, then drove over to Pugh Cabin for a hike on Butternut Trail.
|Pugh Cabin (1938 with later additions) was built with|
decommissioned pine electric poles
(Jim Pugh worked for the Ohio Public Service, later Ohio Edison)
|Originally a picnic shelter built against a sandstone boulder,|
it was later closed in and housed Pugh's collection
of steam locomotive paraphernalia (KSS)
|Sugar Shack, used during the annual Maple Syrup Festival in March.|
where maple sap is boiled down into maple syrup
|Tamiko with a large boulder, probably Canadian! (KSS)|
|Butternut Cave (KSS)|
|Upper end of Butternut Cave (KSS)|
Returned in time for the Big House Tour.
|Big House (KSS)|
|Ganesh over the doorway (KSS)|
Bromfield brought his family from living in France, back to the United states in 1939 and purchased three farms, including a 12-room house. Working with architect Louis Lameroux, some rooms are demolished, and many added, resulting in a 32-room house by 1941.
Bromfield was a smoker and owned many Boxer dogs, who were allowed full reign of the house.
One significant event that took place here, the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in 1945.
|Stone terraces (KSS)|
|Big House Pond, a water source in case of fire (KSS)|
|Big House weathervane and farm silo|
|Greenhouse and main barn|
|Chicken house wall|
|Border Leicester Sheep|
|A miniature horse with Misty, the black Shetland pony,|
and a Nubian goat in the trough
|Celia Rose House, where a mentally challenged woman|
killed her parents and brother in 1896;
Louis Bromfield wrote about the event in his first book
|Malabar Farm to the southwest|
|Working farm to the left, and the Big House and main barn to the right|
|Pleasant Hill Lake to the southeast|