All About Richland, History & Tourism

Beyond Shawshank: Mansfield In The Movies

26 Jun , 2017  

Each year, many fans of “The Shawshank Redemption” make a pilgrimage to the Mansfield area. It’s certainly not unusual to see a social media post not only of the Ohio State Reformatory, but also of places like Brook’s Bench in Central Park and other stops along the Shawshank Trail. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Restored Lonz Winery Reopens

24 Jun , 2017  

The season of sun is upon us, and Mansfield area residents are going on the road. While many are experiencing local attractions, some are taking longer trips to visit sights in Ohio and further afield. With this in mind, 1812Blockhouse is sharing a series we’re calling “Summer Road Trips” in which highlight unique events and locations within an easy day’s reach of Richland County.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) proudly unveiled the restoration and preservation efforts that have been completed at the Historic Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island State Park on Friday, June 23. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Oberlin’s Summer History Walks

21 Jun , 2017  

The season of sun is upon us, and Mansfield area residents are going on the road. While many are experiencing local attractions, some are taking longer trips to visit sights in Ohio and further afield.

With this in mind, 1812Blockhouse begins a series today we’re calling “Summer Road Trips.” In each, we are highlighting events and locations within an easy day’s reach of Richland County. We are concentrating on opportunities to experience unique stories and places. More…

History & Tourism

Free Music And Paddling Saturday At Pleasant Hill Lake Park

15 Jun , 2017  

Saturdays in the summer at Pleasant Hill Lake Park bring great with them some opportunities for free fun! Live entertainment is offered each Saturday evening, and several genres are represented. The schedule includes: More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Richland Trust Building

11 Jun , 2017  

It was undoubtedly an interesting time for Directors of the new Richland Trust Company when, on November 2, 1929, they opened their monumental eight-story headquarters at the corner of North Main and Park Avenue West. Just the week before, the infamous Black Tuesday had seen the New York Stock Exchange lose 12% of its value in one day.

In Mansfield, however, the same period saw the completion of a nine-month project to give a newly merged bank a glistening new building. More…

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History & Tourism

Safe Boating & Fishing Festival This Saturday

9 Jun , 2017  

Pleasant Hill Lake Park is holding a Safe Boating & Fishing Festival this Saturday, as a part of Ohio Goes Boating Month.

All events are free, and take place between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. More…

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History & Tourism

Concert Benefits Bellville Opera House Restoration

2 Jun , 2017  

What could possibly be a more natural fit than singing opera in an opera house?

Such was the case recently in Bellville, as representatives from Mid Ohio Opera took the stage to assist with a concert benefiting Opera House restoration efforts. Those efforts are being supported by new Bellville Mayor Teri Brenkus. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer 2017 At Malabar Farm

27 May , 2017  

As Memorial Day weekend is the ceremonial, albeit unofficial start of summer, we thought we’d take a look ahead at what the next three months will bring at various attractions in the Mansfield area. First up is Malabar Farm State Park, where here is what is on offer: More…

History & Tourism

Mansfielder Searches For The Grave Of Johnny Appleseed

16 May , 2017  

On Monday, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced creation of the new Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway. The route connects historic, cultural, and scenic attractions in Richland and Ashland Counties.

In a press release, ODOT shared, “The Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway’s routes are State Route 39 from Loudonville, northwest through Perrysville and Lucas, and ending in Mansfield; and State Route 603 from Mifflin to Malabar Farm where it ends at State Route 95. More…

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History & Tourism

Destination Mansfield Launches Travel Planning Tool

13 May , 2017  

In an effort to make visits to the Mansfield and Richland County area as easy as possible, Destination Mansfield has added a lodging reservation tool to its two websites. More…

History & Tourism

Mid-Ohio Season Begins Soon

13 May , 2017  

The beginning of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s 2017 spectator event season is around the corner.

The historic race course’s four major professional events and dates are as follows More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Silas M. Douglas House

12 May , 2017  

This stately home on Park Avenue West was built by a man with a sterling reputation in the community.

His name was Silas Marion Douglas, but around Mansfield he was commonly referred to as “Judge Douglas.” He was born in January, 1853 in Monroe Township, Richland County, and was a graduate of both Heidelberg College in Tiffin and the Cincinnati Law College. More…

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History & Tourism

Wanna Watch A Plow?

11 May , 2017  

Spring Plowing Days at Malabar Farm State Park are almost upon us.

Taking place on May 20 and 21 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, this event features the beautiful and majestic draft animals that once were the mainstay of farming in early Ohio. More…

Downtown, History & Tourism

Secret City Surprises

7 May , 2017  

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of visitors to downtown Mansfield could be seen walking up and down Fourth Street, North Main, and Park Avenue West; clutching red, white, and blue tickets; and looking for clusters of balloons.

As in years past, the Secret City Tour provided opportunities for these visitors to experience history in a very tangible way. Eight tour stops were featured. More…

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