Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The May Building

25 Jun , 2017  

By the time that the May Building was constructed on the southeast corner of South Main and South Park Streets, facing Central Park, the name “May” had been known by Mansfielders for some 90 years. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Restored Lonz Winery Reopens

24 Jun , 2017  

The season of sun is upon us, and Mansfield area residents are going on the road. While many are experiencing local attractions, some are taking longer trips to visit sights in Ohio and further afield. With this in mind, 1812Blockhouse is sharing a series we’re calling “Summer Road Trips” in which highlight unique events and locations within an easy day’s reach of Richland County.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) proudly unveiled the restoration and preservation efforts that have been completed at the Historic Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island State Park on Friday, June 23. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Oberlin’s Summer History Walks

21 Jun , 2017  

The season of sun is upon us, and Mansfield area residents are going on the road. While many are experiencing local attractions, some are taking longer trips to visit sights in Ohio and further afield.

With this in mind, 1812Blockhouse begins a series today we’re calling “Summer Road Trips.” In each, we are highlighting events and locations within an easy day’s reach of Richland County. We are concentrating on opportunities to experience unique stories and places. More…

History & Tourism

Indiana University Posts Vintage Photo Of Mansfield Landmark

20 Jun , 2017  

Last October, 1812Blockhouse focused one of the first posts in our “Landmarks of Mansfield” series on the Farmers Bank Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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History & Tourism

Night Haunts At Malabar Farm

19 Jun , 2017  

On four occasions this summer, including this coming Saturday night, visitors to Malabar Farm State Park can experience the “other side” of Pleasant Valley.

The Park’s “Night Haunts” bring stories to life from 8:00 PM to Midnight. Visitors are encouraged to “dare to explore the normal to paranormal” while exploring murders, cemeteries, and haunted houses. More…

History & Tourism

Free Music And Paddling Saturday At Pleasant Hill Lake Park

15 Jun , 2017  

Saturdays in the summer at Pleasant Hill Lake Park bring great with them some opportunities for free fun! Live entertainment is offered each Saturday evening, and several genres are represented. The schedule includes: More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Richland Trust Building

11 Jun , 2017  

It was undoubtedly an interesting time for Directors of the new Richland Trust Company when, on November 2, 1929, they opened their monumental eight-story headquarters at the corner of North Main and Park Avenue West. Just the week before, the infamous Black Tuesday had seen the New York Stock Exchange lose 12% of its value in one day.

In Mansfield, however, the same period saw the completion of a nine-month project to give a newly merged bank a glistening new building. More…

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History & Tourism

Safe Boating & Fishing Festival This Saturday

9 Jun , 2017  

Pleasant Hill Lake Park is holding a Safe Boating & Fishing Festival this Saturday, as a part of Ohio Goes Boating Month.

All events are free, and take place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Upson House

3 Jun , 2017  

The imposing brick house at 234 Park Avenue West once belonged to an imposing coal man.

His name was Charles William Upson. Upson, who was born in Tallmadge in 1855, came to Mansfield shortly after his 1879 graduation from Cornell University. A shrewd businessman, he joined with his brother and formed the Upson Brothers Coal Company. Coal remained his life for some 40 years. More…

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History & Tourism

Concert Benefits Bellville Opera House Restoration

2 Jun , 2017  

What could possibly be a more natural fit than singing opera in an opera house?

Such was the case recently in Bellville, as representatives from Mid Ohio Opera took the stage to assist with a concert benefiting Opera House restoration efforts. Those efforts are being supported by new Bellville Mayor Teri Brenkus. More…

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History & Tourism

Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

29 May , 2017  

Mansfield was a bustling place in 1896, with a population of approximately 17,000. On Saturday, May 30, the community came together to celebrate Memorial Day.

First known nationally as “Decoration Day,” the term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer 2017 At Malabar Farm

27 May , 2017  

As Memorial Day weekend is the ceremonial, albeit unofficial start of summer, we thought we’d take a look ahead at what the next three months will bring at various attractions in the Mansfield area. First up is Malabar Farm State Park, where here is what is on offer: More…