Bob Evans Farms

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 Shop 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.

Opening: 1953

Address: 791 Farmview Rd, Bidwell, OH 45614

Phone: 866-616-6464

The Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, OH was once home to Bob Evans, founder of Bob Evans Farms Inc., and his wife Jewell for nearly 20 years.  When they bought the farm in 1953, Bob and a group of eight family members and friends had been making sausage for local groceries and meat markets.  They called it Bob Evans Farms Sausage – “made by a farmer on the farm” – and before long, the sausage was being delivered by a fleet of 14 trucks to nearly 1,800 locations.

Bob and Jewel Evans raised their six children in the large, brick farmhouse known as the Homestead.  The Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1825, it served as a stagecoach stop and an inn in its early years.  Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center.

Bob and Jewel lived in the Homestead and hosted sausage company customers, until a steadily increasing flow of visitors began to keep them too busy.  Bob Evans Farms Inc. acquired the Rio Grande farm in 1973, to maintain as an active farm and as a recreation and local historical center.

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Compared to the United States average of 1.4%, Mason County’s average of Agriculture employment is at 2.1% according to these stats.