History & Tourism

Ohio Trails Vision Released; Interactive Map Includes Malabar Farm Trails

21 May , 2019  

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and TourismOhio have released the Ohio Trails Vision, a document that will serve as a valuable framework for state government to work with communities, land managers, trail advocates and users to advance the trails system in our state.

“Ohio is an amazing state, with thousands of miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking, paddling or horseback riding,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “These trails are part of what makes our state so special. The 2019 Ohio Trails Vision gives us a road map to manage and promote our trails. I appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this project.” More…

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History & Tourism

Destination Mansfield–Richland County Recognizes Tourism Excellence

15 May , 2019  

Destination Mansfield – Richland County held its 2019 Annual Meeting earlier this month at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center. The event was presented by Alta Florist & Greenhouse and Avita Health System.

Attendees learned how the Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the county will continue to expand the local economy as well as raise the positive profile of Mansfield and the Richland County area on a local, state, national and even international level. TourismOhio Chief, Matthew MacLaren (who was a special guest) updated the gathering about the state’s tourism marketing efforts. This includes the new TourismOhio microsite roadtrips.ohio.org, which features two attractions of our own: The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Ohio State Reformatory. Other local spots are included as suggested places to stay, eat, and explore. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Arrives Downtown

9 May , 2019  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and the Malabar Farm Foundation are proud to announce the grand-opening of a new Malabar Farm exhibit at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. The exhibit will be open to the public starting on Wednesday, May 15. More…

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History & Tourism

It’s Time For Magnificent May!

5 May , 2019  

There’s something about May in this part of Ohio. It’s the month of springtime, flowers, rainstorms, and best of all, warm temperatures without the summer mugginess! This month’s calendar will be packed for sure, but the area is opening the month with a bang. Here are the major events happening the first weekend in May. There’s something for everyone, but how will you choose? We sure don’t know how! More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part One

2 May , 2019  

Shortly before his death in 1909, a husband and wife from Chicago boarded a train and headed south, their destination a relatively new place of higher education in rural Alabama. The couple was no stranger to southern life, having spent years living in Arkansas some three decades before. On this occasion, however, the man was leaving behind a set of business difficulties and accepting a position which had been offered to him by a long-time friend. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part Two

2 May , 2019  

Part One of our first Richland Roots profile on Mansfield native Lloyd Garrison Wheeler can be accessed here.

When Lloyd and Ranie Wheeler made their move to from Illinois to Arkansas in 1870, they had good timing. Just one year later, 3.3 square miles of the central part of Chicago were destroyed by fire.

On the other hand, Reconstruction-era Arkansas was a very difficult location for Wheeler as he set out to establish a law practice. Family legend says that a billy club found within his effects after his death was protection in case he might become the target of Ku Klux Klan activity. More…

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History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: If I Could Turn Back Time

1 May , 2019  

This week we’ll be looking at events at a handful of the venues participating in this coming weekend’s RichHistory Weekend. Fifteen Richland County sites are participating in this edition, and History for Children is the focus of this year’s lineup of family-friendly events. A “Passport to History” is being distributed to fourth grade elementary school history classes, with teacher information packets. Each site will have prizes, and students obtaining passport stamps from four different sites will be entered in a prize drawing.

Several of the sites, in addition to Oak Hill Cottage and the Secret City Tour, will give participants the opportunity a first-hand opportunity to experience the sights, sounds, and activities of days past. Those include the following: More…

History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: Secret City Tour

30 Apr , 2019  

This week we’ll be looking at events at a handful of the venues participating in this coming weekend’s RichHistory Weekend. Fifteen Richland County sites are participating in this edition, and History for Children is the focus of this year’s lineup of family-friendly events. A “Passport to History” is being distributed to fourth grade elementary school history classes, with teacher information packets. Each site will have prizes, and students obtaining passport stamps from four different sites will be entered in a prize drawing.

A part of RichHistory Weekend since its first year, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold its 2019 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 4 beginning at 10:00 AM. More…

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History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: Oak Hill Cottage

29 Apr , 2019  

This week we’ll be looking at events at a handful of the venues participating in this coming weekend’s RichHistory Weekend. Fifteen Richland County sites are participating in this edition, and History for Children is the focus of this year’s lineup of family-friendly events. A “Passport to History” is being distributed to fourth grade elementary school history classes, with teacher information packets. Each site will have prizes, and students obtaining passport stamps from four different sites will be entered in a prize drawing.

Mansfield’s Oak Hill Cottage will be a busy place on Saturday and Sunday. The extraordinary 1847 Gothic Revival house will host two types of house tours and a preservation walk through the Cottage’s neighborhood. More…

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History & Tourism

Starting A Richland County Airbnb? Here’s What You Need To Know

28 Apr , 2019  

Destination Mansfield – Richland County has shared information about new updates which impact those in the county who provide overnight lodging to paying guests. As this information is important, it is shared below in its entirety as posted by the organization. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Fraser House

28 Apr , 2019  

NOTE: In celebration of next weekend’s RichHistory Weekend, we are running updated entries this week in our Landmarks of Mansfield and Landmarks of Richland series.

On a fall evening in 2016, the setting sun cast a golden glow on western facing buildings in Mansfield. Included among those was the Alexander Fraser House, sitting as it does on a rise on Park Avenue West overlooking the entrance to South Park (see photo above). More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Bayonets And Bottles

23 Apr , 2019  

This May, two shows on successive weekends will bring hundreds of visitors to the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Spread out over seven buildings with an amazing 750 tables of military items and memorabilia to buy, sell, or trade, the Ohio Civil War Show on May 4 and 5 will also include a number of items from the periods of World Wars I and II. More…

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History & Tourism

Local Sites Featured In New Ohio Road Trip Collection

22 Apr , 2019  

Just in time for spring and summer travel planning, TourismOhio just launched RoadTrips.Ohio.org to help travelers find their perfect Ohio road trips. The 10 road trips are based on themes with some routes highlighting major celebrations including the Lunar Landing fiftieth anniversary and the Cincinnati Reds’ one hundred fiftieth year. Other road trips provide adventures in family fun, cuisine, thriving cities, romance, outdoors, arts & culture and more. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

21 Apr , 2019  

NOTE: We are very pleased to re-share this Landmarks of Mansfield post in celebration of Easter, which is important to the city’s Christian communities.

For the last 100 years, the 125 feet high towers of the landmark St. Peter’s Catholic Church have themselves done double duty, standing sentinel over the central part of Mansfield while at the same time encouraging passers-by to look in a heavenly direction. More…

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