Bob Evans Farm
Backstory and Context
Bob Evans began making sausage in 1948 for his diner in nearby Gallipolis, Ohio. The sausage proved to be so popular with customers that Evans decided to go “whole hog” into the sausage business. In 1953, Evans, along with some friends and family, bought a farm to help meet growing demand. The farm included a homestead that was built in 1825 and had been used previously as a stagecoach shop and an inn. Evans and his wife Jewell raised their six children in the homestead for nearly twenty years. The homestead has since been added to the National Register of Historic Places and is now used as a museum.
The family often invited customers to visit them “down on the farm” in their commercials, and they were often taken up on their offer. A restaurant was built on Bob Evans Farm in 1962 to feed hungry visitors. The Sausage Shop, as it was called, later became the first Bob Evans restaurant. Though it has been updated through the years, guests can still dine at the restaurant on the farm. While there, they can also look at the homestead and a log cabin village on site. The village includes four authentic log cabins and one log schoolhouse which were reconstructed on the farm. Their is also a Farm Festival that occurs every year in October where guest worldwide can come and partake in some farm festivities and on average around 5,000 to 20,000 people come to partake in the events.
Bob Evans himself died in 2007 at the age of 89 in Cleveland, Ohio. His legacy still lives on through the company’s products and restaurants. Since 1970, there has also been an annual Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio featuring arts and crafts, contests, musical performances, and, of course, plenty of food.
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