History & Tourism

Here’s Johnny! Appleseed, That Is: Updated

25 Jul , 2019  

UPDATE – It turns out that there will be more than one opportunity in the coming days to interface with one of Richland County’s most iconic historic characters; information follows below.

As interesting as legend paints the life of John Chapman, known by local pioneer settlers as Johnny Appleseed, his actual life was by many measures even more unique. He is soon to make a return appearance. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Its Very First Automobile Show

24 Jul , 2019  

Cars have been on our minds here at 1812Blockhouse, with two feature stories already this week considering automobiles and traffic. In keeping with the theme, we’re re-posting a story we ran two years ago on the one hundredth anniversary of a unique community event.

The role of the automobile in daily life was a relatively new one on February 24, 1917, the day that Mansfield’s very first automobile show opened its doors. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Buy A Bundle At The Buy-Way

24 Jul , 2019  

The Lincoln Highway was America’s first cross-country automobile roadway. Constructed in 1913, it spanned over 3,000 miles, connecting Times Square in New York City and Lincoln Park in San Francisco. The 241-mile section that passed through Ohio was adjusted and realigned multiple times, but the final version adopted in 1928 is known as the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.

Today, the byway is not only notable for historic reasons. Each August, the Buy-Way Yard Sale (August 8-10) takes place for one weekend along the route, which passes through north central Ohio. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Henry Ford Returns To Galion This Sunday

22 Jul , 2019  

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.

Today we are featuring an event in a community that actually used to be part of Richland County, and is just a short drive to the west. On Sunday, July 28, the Gill House in Galion will be the location for a celebration of local and national history as Preserving Galion, Inc. welcomes guests for its very first “Henry Ford Birthday Celebration.” More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: An Apollo Astronaut With A Mansfield Connection

20 Jul , 2019  

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to reveal stories of the well-known and less-commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history.

On this 50th anniversary weekend of man’s landing on the Moon, what better time would there be to recognize someone involved in that effort who was once stationed in Mansfield? More…

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 97

19 Jul , 2019  

It is not the longest, or the most-traveled, highway in the state or even the region.

Along its length, however, which runs almost 35 miles along farm fields, along rivers, and through small towns, State Route 97 adds a lot to the character of this place we call home.

It even boasts the birthplace of a United States President! More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Buffalo Bill

17 Jul , 2019  

NOTE: This post in our “When Mansfield Welcomed” series has been updated with recently-discovered information.

It was a brilliant Saturday in July, 1896 when Buffalo Bill came to town. Not just Buffalo Bill, mind you – his famous “Wild West Show” was in tow and put on two performances in a lot on East Fourth Street. This was not his first visit to Mansfield, nor would it be his last.

Buffalo Bill, born William Frederick Cody in 1846, grew up on the frontier and loved every aspect of that way of life. As he grew older, some of the titles he earned, or at least ascribed to himself, including buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout and guide, and showman, as well as Pony Express Rider, Indian fighter, and even author. Whatever Cody’s titles, he was destined for fame. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hops And History Combine In Columbus

15 Jul , 2019  

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.

Today we look a bit to the past while celebrating the tastes of summer. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Colonel Thomas H. Ford – Dismissed But Respected

14 Jul , 2019  

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

During the American Civil War, Ohio and Richland County contributed greatly to the Union cause. We have previously posted stories about soldiers such as General Robert Byington Mitchell, a native Mansfielder. Today we turn our attention to another Mansfield resident who saw service in the Union Army, albeit with a unique twist – Thomas H. Ford. More…

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History & Tourism

Mohican Pow-Wow Underway

13 Jul , 2019  

This weekend experience Native American history, culture, and lifestyle first-hand as the Great Mohican Pow-Wow returns for its 35th year.

On Saturday, and Sunday,, Mohican Reservation Campground and Canoeing will be busy with traditional Native American ceremonies and activities. Rated as a top 100 show in the United States, this event is taking place this weekend . More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Escape From Shawshank – On A Bike This Time

13 Jul , 2019  

Here’s your chance to undertake your own escape from Shawshank, otherwise known as the Ohio State Reformatory.

On July 27, join friends with Slow Roll Mansfield, the Richland County Chamber of Commerce, and Destination Mansfield as they undertake the Shawshank Bike Tour, a 7.5 mile bike hike that will visit Shawshank Redemption movie filming locations and places where the film was produced. More…

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History & Tourism, Landmarks of Richland

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Colonial

10 Jul , 2019  

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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Bellville’s Concerts In The Park

9 Jul , 2019  

The beautiful Victorian era Bandstand in the middle of the Village of Bellville is the setting for the Concerts in the Park series. Beginning on Thursday evening from 7 PM to 9 PM, concerts will take place at the historic Bandstand. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the Township Building. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Love Under The Stars

8 Jul , 2019  

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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