Downtown, History & Tourism

Bissman Building Set For 2017 Paranormal Investigations

23 Feb , 2017  

For the intrepid paranormal investigator, the Haunted Bissman Building on North Main Street in Mansfield now is taking reservations for the coming season.

According to its website, the Bissman “… is currently 130 years old and is still full of life! The building also has an annex where a slaughter house, cigar jobber, photographer’s studio, and Salvation Army Union Hall once sat, now sits a repair and restoration shop for cars of all makes and models. More…


History & Tourism

Malabar And Maple Syrup

22 Feb , 2017  

As the weeks of winter wind on, even though the one we’re in the middle of one which is a bit warmer than normal, the sap is flowing nonetheless through the maple trees of north central Ohio.

What better time, then, for a Maple Syrup Festival – this one at Malabar Farm State Park.

For the 41st time, festivities take place on the first two weekends in March, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM each day. More…

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History & Tourism

Is Mansfield The Next Pizza Capital Of The World?

21 Feb , 2017  

The online world can be a rather unusual thing here in the second decade of the 21st century. With the increasing demand for content, a number of sites have arrived which literally “manufacture” content out of, well, limited ingredients.

Speaking of which, we ran across this headline at 1812Blockhouse earlier this week, and it obviously caught our eye – “The Ohio Town That’s The Next Pizza Capital Of The World.” When we saw the gazebo in the top photo, well, we had to read on. More…


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The Bartley Boys: Mansfield’s Father & Son Governors

15 Feb , 2017  

This week, Ohio Governor John Kasich sent a letter to the General Assembly requesting a joint session in Sandusky, to take place at the State Theatre on April 4 at 7:00 PM.

Over the last six years, Kaisch has given his State of the State Address around Ohio — in Steubenville, Lima, Medina, Wilmington and Marietta. One wonders whether or not Mansfield will enjoy that honor at some point. After all, Richland County is an old pro when it comes to things gubernatorial — it was once the home of Ohio’s only father and son Governors.

It’s only happened a few times in American history – the governor of a state is succeeded by another family member. In the case of the Bartley boys, however, the uniqueness goes deeper than that. More…

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February Is For Fun, Food, And Valentines

8 Feb , 2017  

Hearts, candy, romance, and snow are all in the air for February.  Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, an outdoor adventure for the whole family, or a day in the snow, Destination Mansfield – Richland County has the place to find it all. Plan that special outing or purchase event tickets to make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

Theatre lovers might opt for the gift of tickets. The Mansfield Playhouse presents the play “Men are Dogs” in late February and early March. For a little romance, The Mansfield Symphony swings with this tribute to the greatest Big Band music of all time in MSO Pops: When Swing was King, also featuring the NEOS Dance Theater, at the Renaissance Theatre (Feb.18). More…


History & Tourism

The Day The President Visited Mansfield

5 Feb , 2017  

It may have been the first visit to Mansfield by an incumbent President of the United States, that crisp autumn day in 1890. Others had certainly visited, including Rutherford B. Hayes, but that had taken place during his term as Governor of Ohio and before he was elected President.

President Benjamin Harrison, who was in the middle of his single four year term, was undertaking a 2,700 mile journey making stops in some seven states, including Ohio. As he came across north central Ohio, his train took the Big Four Railroad from Indianapolis to Galion, then north to Crestline where it transferred to the Pennsylvania Railroad to return to Washington D.C.. More…


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Invented In Mansfield

2 Feb , 2017  

Our recent posts on the homes of Mansfield industrialists and businessmen has suggested that we again look back at some of the city’s remarkable manufacturing history.

One hundred years ago, this area was an economic powerhouse that helped fuel the national economy. Given Mansfield’s industrial base, it was only inevitable that some products would be developed or marketed here with “staying power.” Mansfield’s Tappan Company was the first to unveil a microwave for home use (in 1955), for instance. The electric retreader for tires was invented here in the 1930s, and the decade earlier saw the arrival of the Klondike Bar. What would you do for a Klondike Bar? More…

History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Kern House

30 Jan , 2017  

Prolific architect Vernon Redding, who was undoubtedly the busiest Mansfield architect in the early decades of the 20th century, designed many of the local landmarks we have profiled in this series. He was also extremely versatile, as evidenced by the wide variety of styles in which he designed residences, commercial buildings, schools, and churches.

Late in the first decade of the 1900s, Redding became interested in the new Prairie School style of architecture, a movement born in the Midwest and whose most famous proponent was Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie Style emphasized horizontal lines, with residences featuring “…horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament” according to Wikipedia.

In 1910, Redding was commissioned to design a house for Rufus Avery Kern. What resulted is one of the area’s best examples of Prairie School architecture and a true local landmark on Park Avenue West. More…

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Welcome To Destination Mansfield – Richland County

29 Jan , 2017  

Change is in the air as 2017 begins, and a new logo and other updates which recently appeared on the website of the award-winning local convention and visitors bureau signals a new day for marketing area tourism assets.

For over a year, planning has been underway to package those efforts under a new name. Gone online is the name “Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau,” and in its place is the new “Destination Mansfield – Richland County.” More…

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History & Tourism

REACH Holding Planning Meeting

13 Jan , 2017  

Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) will be holding a yearly planning meeting on Saturday beginning at 2:00 PM. This meeting will be opened to all members, those wishing to be members and all interested. More…

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Grand Re-Opening Party At The Carrousel

13 Jan , 2017  

There’s a party happening downtown on Saturday, and you are invited.

Richland Carrousel Park will be holding a Grand Re-Opening Party from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with food and fun to share. Chef Lucille will be grilling hot dogs for $1.50 each, and making nachos for only $2.00. Chips, pop, and popcorn will also be available for $1 each. Also on hand will be cotton candy for $2.00, and old-fashioned soda for $2.50. More…

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A January With Lots To Do

11 Jan , 2017  

The Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau is spreading the word — January and wintertime need not be all about staying inside the four walls of home and work. As they shared:

“With snow coming down, don’t try to beat it. Come outside and embrace the fun the snow brings to Mansfield Ohio! Create your personal Snow Day with hiking, art & wine, family fun, and live theatre. More…