All About Richland, History & Tourism

A Murder In Mansfield Airs Nationally This Saturday

12 Nov , 2018  

It’s time for Mansfield to take the center stage nationally on cable TV.

Two-time Oscar(R)-winning director Barbara Kopple has partnered with America’s leading true-crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID) to explore the legacy of the notorious 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield in the new documentary, A Murder in Mansfield. The film chronicles Noreen’s son Collier’s journey for answers and peace in the aftermath of his mother’s death nearly three decades ago. A Murder in Mansfield will have its national television debut exclusively on Investigation Discovery this Saturday, November 17 at 9 PM (that’s Channel 139 for many local Spectrum subscribers). More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The May Building

11 Nov , 2018  

By the time that the May Building was constructed on the southeast corner of South Main and South Park Streets, facing Central Park, the name “May” had been known by Mansfielders for some 90 years. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Santa Behind Bars

7 Nov , 2018  

It might not be the first combination which comes to mind – the holiday season, a prison, and ghosts.

That’s just what is happening later this month when the historic Ohio State Reformatory will be open for Holiday Tours. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Four: The Statesman

5 Nov , 2018  

1812Blockhouse is resharing posts in our Literary Mansfield series; the following was posted back in early 2107.

Today we look at a work of non-fiction by a leading political figure of the 19th century.

Mansfield has been able to boast of several statesmen and stateswomen in its history, two of which rose to the level of United States Senator from Ohio. One of the two holders of that title, Sherrod Brown, is a graduate of Mansfield Senior; 150 years ago, another Mansfielder had that distinction. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

The Ghosts Of Hidden Mansfield Architecture

31 Oct , 2018  

In honor of Halloween, we’re asking you to join us in a look behind closed doors in downtown Mansfield. These ghosts of the city’a past could be a vital part of an exciting future with some attention and investment.

In 2012, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. joined statewide organization Preservation Ohio in hosting the Forbidden City Tour. On a warm June afternoon, several downtown buildings, rarely open to the public, were available for tours. Hundreds attended. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Two: Mansfield’s Other Pulitzer Prize Winner

25 Oct , 2018  

Note from 1812Blockhouse: We are happy to re-share posts from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the first such series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in 2016. We will be repeating these every handful of days this fall, and adding new posts in the series as well.

Through this series, 1812Blockhouse is looking at Mansfielders, past and present, who have contributed to the world of writing in all of its forms. More…

All About Richland, History & Tourism

November: Fall, Thanksgiving, And It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

24 Oct , 2018  

Make the most of your fall days before winter gets here! The Destination Mansfield – Richland County calendar is full of live performances, traditional fall events, and the beginnings of Christmas activities. More…

History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: John Krause House

23 Oct , 2018  

The fact that the John Krause House sits where it does is something which has puzzled some historians.

The house was designed with strong Prairie Style influences, much as its two-block-away neighbor, the Rufus Kern House at number 608 Park Avenue West. These two houses were built in a style which was not often found on Midwest main streets, as the influence of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright was considered a bit “modern” and not exactly mainstream. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Park District Creating Plan For B&O Trail; Seeks Public Input

20 Oct , 2018  

The Richland County Park District is undergoing a strategic planning process for the B&O Trail and is in need of your assistance.

A survey concerning the trail is now online, and you are asked to participate by answering questions and sharing ideas. More…

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History & Tourism

Fall, Fun, And Families

20 Oct , 2018  

From the great folks at Destination Manfsield – Richland County:

When we say “fall,” what comes to mind? Do you think of drinking apple cider and crunching leaves, or pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating? We all have strong memories of this season, and there’s no better place to make these fall memories with your little ones. Here in Mansfield and Richland County we are packed with classic fall activities your kids are going to love. More…

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History & Tourism, Schools

Town-Gown, Mansfield Style

16 Oct , 2018  

Because the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield lies in a suburban setting outside of its namesake city, the concept of “town-gown” might not immediately come to mind.

“Town-gown” is a phrase used for the relationship between a college or university and the city in which it is located, particularly where the distance between campus and retail areas is close and walkable. That closeness can help to forge a symbiotic relationship, not only for students, but for cities and colleges working together on issues such as traffic, development, and more. More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield Part One: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

15 Oct , 2018  

Note from 1812Blockhouse: We are happy to re-share posts from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the first such series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in September of 2016. We will be repeating these every handful of days this fall, and adding new posts in the series as well.


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.” More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

When Mansfield Welcomed: Baseball’s Greatest Shortstop

12 Oct , 2018  

It would be difficult to over estimate the storied reputation of Honus Wagner in the world of professional baseball. Over 100 years after winning his eighth and final batting title – a National League record which remains in place to this day – Wagner is also well-known for the record prices set by the sale of his baseball cards. More…

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History & Tourism

RUBY For Mansfield Richland County CVB

30 Sep , 2018  

Destination Mansfield – Richland County staff members attended the Ohio Conference on Travel in Sandusky, Ohio on September 25-28. They joined approximately 300 other travel industry leaders from across the state to discuss travel trends and opportunities, as well as to hear from national experts.  The local team also walked away with statewide recognition for their marketing efforts. More…

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