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OSR Glow

2 Oct , 2016  

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Landmarks of Mansfield: Central United Methodist Church

30 Sep , 2016  

The former Central United Methodist Church on Park Avenue West, now the Bethesda Fellowship Ministry Center, was dedicated on August 21, 1911.

It was designed by Vernon Redding, Mansfield’s best known and most prolific architect of his era, who was also the architect for the Leland Hotel and Carnegie Library building. Because of its heavy stone massing, it has been described as being of the Richardson Romanesque style, but its sloping roof with exposed truss ends, as well as its date of construction, suggests Arts and Crafts influences as well. More…


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Literary Mansfield Part One: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

26 Sep , 2016  

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.”

scc2Our 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. After a stint in Chilicothe, the family moved to Mansfield, where Salathiel began the practice of law and married for a second time to the equally wonderfully-named Artemisia Cook. He left Mansfield in 1843, and spent the rest of his life in Michigan. Salathiel and Artemisia had six children with names such as Hermia Salathiella, Herman Napoleon, and Estophanta. More…

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Downtown Mansfield Stroll

25 Sep , 2016  

To celebrate 1812Blockhouse’s two-week anniversary, which took place last Thursday, we are sharing an exclusive walk-through of downtown Mansfield. This set of 26 photos was taken a few weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Be sure to click on individual photos, and then expand them to full screen.

To access this album, click here. Enjoy!

All of these photos are copyright 2016 by 1812Blockhouse, and no copies may be made without express written permission.

History & Tourism

Shawshank Trail Profiled In Illinois Newspaper

25 Sep , 2016  

Daily Journal – Kankakee, Illinois

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Welcome To Fall In Richland County

23 Sep , 2016  

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Prairie Peddler This Weekend And Next

22 Sep , 2016  

It’s a north central Ohio institution – the annual Prairie Peddler Festival, taking place off of State Route 97 near Butler.

The 2016 edition of Prairie Peddler will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 24/25 and again on October 1/2. The Festival is an opportunity for the entire family to step back in time, sample delicious food, and shop at artisan booths. This year’s entertainment lineup includes cloggers, bluegrass bands, singing groups, and a magician. There are currently some 200 artisans registered to participate. More…

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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Martin Bushnell House

22 Sep , 2016  

With this post, 1812Blockhouse begins a series of looks at individual pieces of historic architecture in Mansfield and the surrounding area. The past of a community can contribute to a sense of place which, in turn, can fuel both economic development and a high quality of life.

We begin with the Martin Bushnell House, located at 34 Sturges Avenue, just south of Park Avenue West.

bushhouse2This magnificent house was built in 1892. Constructed entirely of stone, the Bushnell House exhibits the wide variety characteristic of the Queen Anne style of architecture, combined with the massive, thick building elements suggesting the Richardson Romanesque style. More…