The Malabar Farm Restaurant, located in beautiful Pleasant Valley in southern Richland County,
holds a rich history all its own. Completed in 1820 by David Schrack and his sons, the two story
home was made from bricks formed on site.
The foundation of the home was made from hand-hewn sandstone blocks quarried just 300 feet from this
building. The four foot thick walls still stand as a silent tribute to the dedicated work done by
this frontier family nearly 180 years ago. The Schracks built their home along one of the busiest
routes of the day. Pleasent Valley Road had its roots as an early animal trail, a path used by
Native Americans and later an important trade route for a young Ohio.
In 1941 the Schrack Place became part of the Malabar Farm, home of the Pulitzer Prize winning author,
farmer and conservationist Louis Bromfield.
Bromfield said he hoped to open a restaurant featuring a French chef in the Schrack Place. He never
got the chance, but he did use the spring beside the home as a market stand to sell his farm-fresh
produce. Since 1976, Malabar Farm has been a State Park, charged with reflecting the agricultural
tradition of Ohio and preserving Louis Bromfield's heritage and philosophies. Tours of the farm are
offered to visitors year-round.