History & Tourism

Summer Session To Focus On Sultana Diaster

18 Jul , 2018  

On April 27, 1865, a boat exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. In the worst maritime disaster in American history, some 1,192 passengers were killed. 357 of that number were Ohioans, and 101 of those 357 – one-tenth of those who perished — were from Richland County. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Buckeye Roads Scholars Tour Visits North Central Ohio

17 Jul , 2018  

When Buckeyes from Columbus traveled the state last week, north central Ohio stops were on the itinerary.

Faculty, staff and students from The Ohio State University‘s Main Campus hit the road this week for the annual Roads Scholars Tour, a two-day bus tour showcasing university partnerships across Ohio. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield’s Own Singer, Darrell Banks

16 Jul , 2018  

NOTE: We are re-posting this story from earlier this year on request.

Mansfield has produced and nurtured its fair share of talent over its 200 year history. The roster of individuals born, raised, and supported here that have achieved some measure of success in artistic endeavors is a long one.

Sure, you know of Luke Perry, and Sylvia McNair, and the Music Explosion. Have you heard of Darrell Banks, however? No, not the Richland County Commissioner; we’re referring to a name known to many lovers of pop and soul music in the latter part of the 1960s. More…

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History & Tourism, Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Colonial

15 Jul , 2018  

The Colonial has graced the southeast corner of Park Avenue West and Benton Street since 1905 with its imposing three story front portico.

The building was erected by local businessman Edward William Dann. Dann, who lived from 1869 to 1950, was initially engaged in the fruit business, and moved to Mansfield from Columbus in the latter years of the nineteenth century. He would eventually become a board member and then president of the Richland Mutual Insurance Company. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Bromfield In Paris

14 Jul , 2018  

Today marks Bastille Day in France, commemorating the 229th anniversary of the storming of the famous prison in Paris. In honor of that event, and of France’s upcoming World Cup soccer final match on Sunday, we thought we would join north central Ohio and north central France for a special story today.

So are Mansfield and Paris similar in any way? At first glance, one may not find that to be the case. Nearly one hundred years ago, however, the two had something in common. More…

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History & Tourism

Shelby Bicycle Days Rolling Through Saturday

13 Jul , 2018  

People-powered transportation with two wheels, and occasionally three wheels or even one wheel, are being celebrated this week as the annual Shelby Bicycle Days welcomes visitors to Black Fork Commons.

Each summer for over two decades, the streets of downtown Shelby have come alive with a celebration of local history, particular the city’s own Shelby Bicycle Company, which operated from 1921 through 1953. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Learn About Pickpocketing, Bodysnatching, And Dress Smuggling

12 Jul , 2018  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard. More…

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History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Foundation Establishes Endowed Fund; Donations Welcome

11 Jul , 2018  

The Malabar Farm Foundation recently established an endowed fund at the Richland County Foundation.

Malabar Farm Foundation Vice President Bob Berry said the fund is to help plan for the future of the beloved Malabar Farm State Park. “There was a time when the Foundation board was scrambling to have enough money to mail membership applications for the Louis Bromfield Society, a membership program established to raise funds to support the mission of the Foundation. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Robert Sandiford House

9 Jul , 2018  

It is altogether fitting that the house at 544 Park Avenue West is painted in several hues. After all, in its day the house was home to a man whose business regularly dealt with colorful things.

Robert Sandiford was known in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a a master florist and horticulturalist. A native of London, England, Sandiford lived in both Canada and Cleveland before reaching Mansfield about 1870. More…

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History & Tourism

Pow-Wow Time Is Nearly Here

9 Jul , 2018  

This weekend experience Native American history, culture, and lifestyle first-hand as the Great Mohican Pow-Wow returns for its 34th year.

For three days, July 13, 14, and 15, Mohican Reservation Campground and Canoeing will be busy with traditional Native American ceremonies and activities. Rated as a top 100 show in the United States, this event is taking place this weekend and again this coming September. More…

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History & Tourism

Malabar Barn Framed View

5 Jul , 2018  

This view of Pleasant Valley was taken from the main barn at Malabar Farm State Park during an October, 2016 visit. Click on the photo for a larger image.

Photo: 1812Blockhouse

History & Tourism

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

4 Jul , 2018  

Note: We first shared this story last year on our first Fourth of July.

A century and a half ago, local media writers were bemoaning the lack of activities scheduled in Mansfield to celebrate Independence Day, with one exception: a “Base Ball” game between the “fats” and the “lanks.” More…

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