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Cooling Down At Kingwood

5 Jun , 2018  

Fountain, Kingwood Center Gardens – Photo: 1812Blockhouse – Click on photo for a larger image

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Summer Road Trips: The Put-in-Bay Music Festival

3 Jun , 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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Ontario Sets 2018 Marshall Park Concert Calendar

30 May , 2018  

The City of Ontario has announced the 2018 Concerts in the Park calendar. All concerts are held at the Marshall Park Band-Shell from 6:00-8:00 PM, with a rain date of the following Tuesday.

Food vendors will be available; come out and enjoy a free concert. This is also the first year that there will be an open mic night. More details will follow. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

28 May , 2018  

Celebrating Memorial Day 2018 with a reboot of this popular post. In this series, we have talked about survivors, local landmarks that have both stood the test of time and avoided both accidental loss and the all too common wrecking ball.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Park Avenue West’s Grand Old Lady, is both a local and statewide survivor. Since it opened in 1889, it has served veterans and the community well. Today it houses an extraordinary museum , provides character and dignity to Mansfield’s principal thoroughfare, and is a remarkable connection to what is arguably the most important conflict in American history. More…

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Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

28 May , 2018  

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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Fly Over Malabar

27 May , 2018  

Take a few minutes, sit back, relax, and enjoy this video flyover and “up close and personal” look at the spring beauty of Malabar Farm State Park. This was posted to YouTube by Timeless Aerial Photography.

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June Means Fun Around These Parts

27 May , 2018  

Summer has finally arrived in Mansfield, Ohio!  Time to soak up the fun that summer brings to the area staring with some dirt track and road racing, outdoor concerts, and even a new exhibit called Big Bugs!

Start the summer with the much-anticipated new exhibit at Kingwood Center Gardens called Big Bugs.  Kingwood is being “invaded” by some gargantuan bugs this summer. The art of David Rogers will fill the Kingwood Estate with awe-inspiring sculptures of insects made from all-natural materials. Invite family and friends to come to town and explore with you. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

26 May , 2018  

NOTE: In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse is re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings today which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

First English Lutheran Church is a stunning survivor.

Stunning, as the structure at 53 Park Avenue West was built at a time when Victorian opulence was at its peak, and no expense was spared in its construction. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: The Great Lakes Fiber Show

26 May , 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

Indiana University Posts Vintage Photo Of Mansfield Landmark

23 May , 2018  

In October 2016, 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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Landmarks of Mansfield: The Civil War Monument in South Park

12 May , 2018  

It stands sentinel near the entrance of South Park, just as it has for the last 110 years. Erected in 1908, the Civil War Monument is 27 years newer than its counterpart in Central Park downtown.

Like its cousin, this statue was given in memory of deceased veterans of the Civil War. While the downtown monument was donated by an individual, however, the South Park statue was a gift from veterans of the 120th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. More…

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When Mansfield Welcomed: Jayne Mansfield

10 May , 2018  

In this installment of our “When Mansfield Welcomed” series, which looks at well-known visitors to Mansfield and Richland County over the last two hundred years, we are pleased to re-post our popular story about the visit of actress Jayne Mansfield which we posted on June 29, 2017, the 50th anniversary of her tragic passing:

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the tragic death of an American actress, a lady with a very familiar last name and who paid at least one visit to Mansfield and Richland County. It was on the night of June 28/29, 1967 that Jayne Mansfield and her attorney were killed on a car trip from Biloxi, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana. More…

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