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Extraordinary, Wonderful New Kingwood Video

1 Aug , 2017  

Do yourself a favor. Take the next five minutes, visit the YouTube link below, click on “full screen,” turn your speakers up – and soar over, around, and through the miracle that is Kingwood Center Gardens. More…

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Johnny Appleseed Byway Story Map Available

31 Jul , 2017  

A new historic byway now has an accompanying map to guide travelers along its route in Ashland and Richland Counties.

In May, we shared the announcement by the Ohio Department of Transportation of the new Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway, a 30 mile route along State Routes 39 and 603 which celebrates the life of John Chapman, the nineteenth century local man who planted apple trees and became an American cultural and historical icon. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Episcopal Church

30 Jul , 2017  

The stately building on the southwest corner of Third and Bowman Streets near downtown represents a 171 year history of the Episcopal Church in Mansfield.

Established in 1846, the same year that brought railroads to town, Grace Episcopal Church’s first parishioners included members of the Bartley and Sherman families. Two years later, its first church building was constructed on Third Street just east of Mulberry. More…

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Pick You Own Fruit, Richland County Style

29 Jul , 2017  

What’s better than biting into juicy, flavorful fresh fruit? Picking your own garden fresh fruit! Venture into the great outdoors of Richland County this summer where you can find pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, and more! Fruit-picking makes for an enjoyable afternoon with a tasty payoff, so bring your family and friends too for a chance to make lasting memories. More…

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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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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US 30

22 Jul , 2017  

It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking one of the main transportation routes in Richland County and north central Ohio – US 30. 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…