History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part Two

19 Mar , 2018  

Part One of our first Richland Roots profile on Mansfield native Lloyd Garrison Wheeler can be accessed here.

When Lloyd and Ranie Wheeler made their move to from Illinois to Arkansas in 1870, they had good timing. Just one year later, 3.3 square miles of the central part of Chicago were destroyed by fire.

On the other hand, Reconstruction-era Arkansas was a very difficult location for Wheeler as he set out to establish a law practice. Family legend says that a billy club found within his effects after his death was protection in case he might become the target of Ku Klux Klan activity. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part One

18 Mar , 2018  

This is the first of our new series of Richland Roots, a look at county residents who have generated a history worth noting.

Shortly before his death in 1909, a husband and wife from Chicago boarded a train and headed south, their destination a relatively new place of higher education in rural Alabama. The couple was no stranger to southern life, having spent years living in Arkansas some three decades before. On this occasion, however, the man was leaving behind a set of business difficulties and accepting a position which had been offered to him by a long-time friend. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots Begins Sunday

17 Mar , 2018  

From our very first posts, 1812Blockhouse has been sharing a mixture of news and information with occasional articles on the amazing stories of this amazing place in which we live and work.

Revitalization has been a local buzzword recently. The experience of communities across the country has shown that revitalization is both achievable and sustainable if it has roots – in other words, if it speaks to the dynamic that makes a place unique and sets it apart. One word for this is “authenticity.” More…

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History & Tourism

Appleseed Center And Museum Moving And Expanding

15 Mar , 2018  

An announced move 80 miles to the southwest of Richland County is tied to the county by a common history.

One of the key locations that was home to pioneer nurseryman John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was Mansfield and north central Ohio. He lived here, owned land here, and planted apple trees and orchards here through much of his adult life. Mansfield has long claimed Johnny as one of its own. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Area Easter Egg Hunts Continue National, Local Traditions

13 Mar , 2018  

As the weeks prior to Easter wind down, the time nears for the annual tradition of Easter Egg hunts and rolls.

The traditional White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. will be held on Monday, April 2 this year. This event has been held since 1878. You can read about the history of the Roll here on the website of the White House Historical Association. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Sir Harry Lauder

11 Mar , 2018  

A man once described by Winston Churchill as “Scotland’s greatest ever ambassador” included Mansfield among places he visited during his storied career.

At the time of his March 1916 visit, Harry Lauder was already the highest paid performer in the world. His visit took place at a time of increased anxiety in America, as the county was involved in arming the Allies in World War 1 but was still several months away from joining the fray. More…


History & Tourism

Odyssey Shares “Sights To See” At OSR

9 Mar , 2018  

Consider for a moment how you would describe the Ohio State Reformatory to friends or family from out of town.

The national online news site Odyssey has done just that in its post entitled, “15 Sights to See at the Ohio State Reformatory.” More…

History & Tourism

A Street By Any Other Name Would Still Be Paved

8 Mar , 2018  

We came across this fact recently and thought we’d share with our readers.

One of Richland County’s many streets has two names – one official, and the other honorary. The Village of Plymouth website shares the following interesting message: More…

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History & Tourism

Ohio Digital Network Launched; Richland County Items Included

7 Mar , 2018  

Last week, the State Library of Ohio announced the launch of the Ohio Digital Network.

Vintage photos of the Kingwood Center mansion’s interior are just some of the over 90,000 new materials from Ohio Digital Network which are now discoverable in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Led by the State Library of Ohio and in partnership with Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK)Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Digital Network builds on strong digital collection efforts across the state including Ohio Memory and the Ohio Digitization Hubs project. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: St. Matthew Lutheran Church

5 Mar , 2018  

This might be the first time we have posted about a Landmark of Mansfield that is currently for sale.

Such is the case with the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which has set at the corner of Penn Avenue and Sherman Place since it opened its doors in 1917. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Kingwood

4 Mar , 2018  

In 1926, a bit of France landed in the middle of north central Ohio in the form of Kingwood, the home of Charles Kelley King. Ninety years-plus later, it forms the centerpiece for one of the region’s foremost attractions and one of the best-known public gardens in the entire Midwest. More…

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History & Tourism

Music Lineup Announced For INKARCERATION At OSR

2 Mar , 2018  

The Ohio State Reformatory will certainly be rocking this July. On Thursday, the new INKarceration Music and Tattoo Festival unveiled its debut music lineup featuring a battery of well-known bands.

Consider this. Over 30 bands on two stages. A tattoo festival with some 70 artist booths. Food trucks. Tours of the Reformatory. Vendors and the Hellzapoppin’ rock n’ roll circus sideshow.
Bands schedule to appear include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, and many others. More…