Bob Evans, founder of our company, lived on the Bob Evans Farm in southeastern Ohio for nearly 20 years. He and his wife, Jewell, raised their six children in the large brick farmhouse known as the Homestead. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the Homestead was once a stagecoach stop and an inn. Later, the Evans family opened The Sausage Shoppe in their front yard, which later became the first Bob Evans restaurant, still open today. The spirit of hospitality is deeply embedded in our company's history. Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center.
The Farm also has many beautiful sights for visitors to explore – an old cistern where stage coach travelers watered their horses, an ancient Indian burial mound, a Revolutionary War cemetery where original settlers of the area are interred, several reconstructed historic cabins and a schoolhouse and lovely views of Raccoon Creek. The area is rich in history – across Raccoon Creek is a cave where Daniel Boone reportedly slept. Visitors may also enjoy a horseback ride on one of the property’s trails.
Exciting events like the annual Bob Evans Farm Festival and Rio Grande Bean Dinner keep people coming back to the farm again and again. The first Bob Evans Restaurant & General Store, located on Farm property, are open all year round. The Farm and Homestead Museum are open daily April 1 through Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Visit the place where it all began for down-on-the-farm activities, festivals and fun! Click here for directions.