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Super September In Richland County

23 Aug , 2017  

It’s September and festivals are in full swing! Kick off fall while the temperature is perfect! Plan a date night or a day out with the family. Whatever your interests, check out the Destination Mansfield-Richland County calendar for more events. More…

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History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Opens Facebook Voting For 2018 Calendar

22 Aug , 2017  

Do you consider yourself to have a discriminating eye? Are you someone who loves good images and can appreciate excellent photographic composition?

If so, Malabar Farm State Park is seeking your assistance. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Ohio Train-Themed Road Trip

21 Aug , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues its review of unique attractions and events doable within a day from Mansfield. As always, this is done with the reminder that some of Ohio’s best places to visit are right here in our own backyard. Today’s proposed trip combines both.

When the website OnlyInYourState.com published a post this past week entitled “This Dreamy Train-Themed Trip Will Take You On The Journey of A Lifetime,” it included a stop right here in Richland County. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Gospel Tabernacle

20 Aug , 2017  

Mansfielders of today might not recognize the original name of this familiar building, itself nearing its 100th birthday.

On Sunday, October 10, 1920, the Grace Gospel Tabernacle was dedicated at 95 East Third Street in downtown Mansfield. The congregation, which had been founded just four years previously, was enthusiastic about their new building — which was already a bit snug. More…

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Downtown Mansfield Building May Receive Historic Designation

14 Aug , 2017  

At its Tuesday meeting, Mansfield City Council will consider giving “historic listed property” status to the commercial building at 46 Park Avenue West.

Noting that the designation has been recommended by the City’s Planning Commissio More…

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Literary Mansfield: Bromfield In Paris

13 Aug , 2017  

Mansfield and Paris may not, at first glance, seem to have a great deal in common.

Many north central Ohioans have visited that region of France, and some, including the writer of this post, have had the opportunity to live there for some period of time. One such individual was noted writer Louis Bromfield, the scion of Malabar Farm who made a village near Paris his home for over a decade. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Vasbinder Fountain

12 Aug , 2017  

It sits now as it originally did, anchoring Central Park and providing a pleasant oasis of sight and sound.

The Vasbinder Fountain is certainly a Mansfield landmark of the first order. Dedicated on July 4, 1881, it was removed in the late 1950s during the creation of the then-controversial Park Avenue cut-through, and after storage and a temporary placement at Malabar Farm, it was returned to Central Park in 1979.

As a commemorative plate shares, the fountain was donated by David and Jane Vasbinder. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Columbus Food Truck Festival

11 Aug , 2017  

We continue our look at day road trips from Richland County that feature unique events and attractions. As always, this comes with a reminder that some of the best in Ohio are right here at home; a good place to check for these is at Destination Mansfield.

The 7th Annual Columbus Food Truck Festival takes place at a new location: on the Scioto Mile Bicentennial Park on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19 from 11 AM to 11:PM. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism, Sports

Friday And Saturday Close To Home

10 Aug , 2017  

A reminder of events taking place in and near Richland County on Friday and Saturday of this week, together with 1812Blockhouse stories: More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Five: The Political Debunker

7 Aug , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues our series about individuals with Mansfield connections who participated in the literary world. To date, we have looked at the 19th century poet Salathiel Coffinberry, the Putlizer Prize winning James Lapine, current novelist Christopher Moore, and statesman John Sherman and his autobiography.

Today, we look to the life and work of Charles Scott Gongwer. Gongwer was born on October 12, 1873 either in Mansfield, as his Mansfield News Journal obituary shared, or in Mifflin Township in Ashland County, as other records indicate. In either case, by 1880 Charles was living on Fourth Street with his parents, Lewis, a carpenter, and Irena, a dressmaker. More…

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Buy-Way Week Is Here

7 Aug , 2017  

About this time every year closets are raided, attics are scoured, and unsold garage sale items from last year come out of hiding.

It’s time for the Lincoln Highway Buy-Way, an annual tradition in this part of Ohio as well as neighboring states. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio.com Profile OSR

5 Aug , 2017  

A popular culture writer for the twin sites of the Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com apparently took a trip west recently to visit the Ohio State Reformatory.

In a piece entitled, “”Shawshank,” ghosts and Lee DeWyse: Historic Ohio State Reformatory home to movies, museum, music,” author Clint O’Connor provides an introduction to the building’s current uses as tourist attraction, concert venue, paranormal mecca, movie set, and more. More…

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