History & Tourism

Happy Carousel Day, Mansfield!

25 Jul , 2018  

July 25 is National Carousel Day – a day for celebration in America’s carousel-making capital.

According to Wikipedia, “The modern carousel emerged from early jousting traditions in Europe and the Middle East. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Richland County Changes Shape

25 Jul , 2018  

This is Part Two of a series; Part One can be found here.

The first fifty years of Ohio statehood saw the creation of counties and establishment of county boundaries – and then a re-shuffling of those boundaries, often by taking property from one and adding it to another or to an entirely new county. More…

History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Beginning

24 Jul , 2018  

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published two posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this summer and adding to them with additional maps and local history.

Students of local lore will know that the city of had its origins in June of 1808 when the Hedges, Newman, and Larwell families platted a settlement and named it for US Surveyor General Jared Mansfield. More…

History & Tourism

The Ohio State Fair Begins This Week

22 Jul , 2018  

The one hundred and sixty-fifth Ohio State Fair will continue a proud and highly anticipated tradition from July 25 through August 5 at the Ohio Expo Center. This year’s event includes a wide range of food, entertainment, agriculture, livestock and art exhibitions. In addition, highlighted traditions and interactive displays will ensure a fun-filled trip for all ages. More…

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History & Tourism

Time For An Awesome August

21 Jul , 2018  

August is just around the corner, and so is even more summer fun! The Destination Mansfield-Richland County Calendar of Events is full of everything from ballet to blueberries to boating.

The month of August has a fair and festival for everyone. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Visit Infinity Mirror Rooms

20 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

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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