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Summer Road Trips: 18th Century Colonial Trade Fair

27 Jul , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues with our series on unique attractions and events which can be visited this summer on a day’s trip from Mansfield. As always, please remember that there are wonderful things to visit right here in Richland County as well!

Remembering and honoring practices of times gone by continues to be a time honored and fun tradition. That is why the Wolf Creek Grist Mill is proud to be the location for this year’s 18th Century Colonial Trade Fair, August 5 and 6 from 10 AM to 5 PM. More…

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Literary Mansfield Part Two: Mansfield’s Other Pulitzer Prize Winner

25 Jul , 2017  

Through this series, 1812Blockhouse is looking at Mansfielders, past and present, who have contributed to the world of writing in all of its forms.

Many Mansfielders know the story of Louis Bromfield, the creator of Malabar Farm who combined a storied career in writing with a foray into the world of sustainable agriculture. Bromfield, a Mansfield native, was the winner of the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his book, Early Autumn. We will have occasion to share some stories about him later in this series. More…

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Summer Road Trips: The Ohio State Fair, Past And Present

23 Jul , 2017  

This week brings the granddaddy of all Ohio fairs and festivals – the Ohio State Fair.

First held in 1850 during three days in Cincinnati, the current edition welcomes almost a million visitors to the Fairgrounds in Columbus, its home since 1886. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: 188 South Diamond Street

20 Jul , 2017  

The brick house at 188 South Diamond Street, which occupies the northwest corner of Diamond and Flint Streets, is an important survivor in a neighborhood which has lost much of its historic fabric.

It is also a structure closely tied to an important figure in Mansfield’s architectural history. More…

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Looking Back: Literary Mansfield Part One: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

19 Jul , 2017  

Over the coming weeks, we will be taking a look at the ways in which Mansfielders, past and present, have been captured in books and other written works. We’re calling this series, “Literary Mansfield.”

Our first subject was a resident of Mansfield for some, but not all, of his long life. The saga of Salathiel Coffinberry began in Lancaster, Ohio in 1809; he was the son of that city’s first newspaper editor. More…


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Jam-Packed August Coming Up

19 Jul , 2017  

August approaches, but the summer fun isn’t over yet! The Destination Mansfield-Richland County Calendar of Events boasts everything from an exhibit full of frogs to NASCAR Xfinity race cars to fill your sunny days. More…


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Summer Road Trips: Ohio Light Opera

17 Jul , 2017  

We continue our series of one-day road trips available for residents of Mansfield and Richland County during the summer of 2017. These are, of course, in addition to the wonderful places to visit in our own backyard. More…

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Save A Hostel, Save A History

15 Jul , 2017  

The call has gone out to save a piece of what makes Richland County a wonderful place to know and visit.

While the history of the Malabar Farm Hostel may not be a long one, it does fit uniquely well into the narrative of Malabar Farm. Louis Bromfield was, after all and as we shared yesterday in our “Bromfield in Paris” post, a man who welcomed visitors to stay and experience his unique corner of Ohio. More…

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This Weekend Brings Ink In The Clink

12 Jul , 2017  

There’s a lot which brings people from all over the Midwest to the annual Ink in the Clink at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Outstanding acts with national headliners. Over 80 of the best tattoo artists in Ohio. Tours of the venerable prison, with a sneak peek of the new Blood Prison experience coming later this year. Food trucks, “adult beverage” stands, and “oddity vendors.” Beer gardens and psychic mediums. More…

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A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

4 Jul , 2017  

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.”

This is from the weekly Mansfield Herald’s edition on July 3, 1867: More…

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Beards Behind Bars

2 Jul , 2017  

Check out these crazy images from Saturday’s Beards Behind Bars event at the Ohio State Reformatory. A great — and hairy — time was had by all! More…

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Malabar Farm Seeks Your Best Photos

1 Jul , 2017  

Just like the photographers who captured the Bogey and Bacall visit to Malabar Farm, you too can find your images in print.

Malabar Farm State Park is holding a photo contest for the 2018 Malabar Farm Calendar. You are encouraged to send photos of the park from anytime during the year to: malabar.farm.park@dnr.state.oh.us. More…