Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas in Pleasant Valley

 A very famous house in Pleasant Valley is dressed and ready for Christmas.

The windows are trimmed with garland and bows.

The trees are aglow, one for each room.

The family pets enjoy the party too.

The Postman, painting by Grandma Moses
Even the artwork reflects the season.  This painting  "The Postman" is by a famous American folk artist.  Ironically, Grandma Moses  said she first started painting (in her late 70's)  to produce a gift for the mailman's Christmas.

 So have you guessed who hosted the party I visited today?  The lawn has seen many gatherings and press conferences over the years.

This is Malabar Farm, home of the author Louis Bromfield.  One of Richland County, Ohio's brightest gifts not only to the literary world but, perhaps even more importantly, to conservation as well.  He wrote and talked about preventing erosion and improving soil conditions, long before it was the vogue.

ODNR's  Director James Zehringer, Park Manager Korre Boyer and  Assistant Director Andy Ware 

Today the party was given for Malabar by Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  The gift, totaling $500,000. has been promised for the restoration of  "The Big House," as we locals call it.  This home, the epicenter of conservation during the Great Depression, has seen better days.  But today marks a movement for change.

It was a moment of great pride and happiness for all of us gathered on that lawn.  We are looking forward to embracing the farm conservation ethic Louie promoted while living in Pleasant Valley.   Welcome Korre! We can't wait to get to work on the farm.


  1. Looks like a lovely place to visit and perfect to get you in the Christmas spirit!

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  3. Yes Jo Ann, it is a wonderful place to visit! Get the full tour, and treat yourself to a meal at the Malabar Inn. It is an experience in Fine Dinning> They also give a discount to Malabar Farm Foundation Members!

  4. Would be a great place to visit. Where I live we have a similar project, Guishigan House, devoted to the homestead of one of our pioneer families.

  5. ONE OF THESE DAYS I'm going to have to go there and to Mohican SP, which I went to once a LONG time ago. Your posts always keep them on my radar...

  6. Richland County has several worthy historical sites. Kingwood Center is also AWESOME.