History & Tourism

Mansfield’s Civil War General, “Fighting Bob”

20 Aug , 2018  

Today we’re re-posting a story about a Mansfielder who was well-known in his day, but about whom you have have heard little.

Throughout its past, Mansfield has been home to individuals who have played important roles in American history. The list of statesman, artists, authors, and others who are from here, or who have lived here, is a long and interesting one. More…

History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: 1,300 Square Feet Of Packing Tape

14 Aug , 2018  

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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History & Tourism

Celebrating Another Kind Of Richland County Bicentennial

10 Aug , 2018  

When wagons carrying Quakers from Pennsylvania reached north central Ohio back in 1818, one stopped to stay in what was then a relatively new Richland County.

Two hundred years later, the legacy of that family is being celebrated in that same location – which, since 1845, is now part of a different county. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Upson House

8 Aug , 2018  

The imposing brick house at 234 Park Avenue West once belonged to an imposing coal man.

His name was Charles William Upson. Upson, who was born in Tallmadge in 1855, came to Mansfield shortly after his 1879 graduation from Cornell University. A shrewd businessman, he joined with his brother and formed the Upson Brothers Coal Company. Coal remained his life for some 40 years. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Celebrate The Birthday Of A First Lady

8 Aug , 2018  

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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History & Tourism

TheDailyWoo Visits OSR: Video

7 Aug , 2018  

Mansfield recently welcomed a nationally known videographer.

TheDailyWoo, and its predecessor YouTube site adamthewoo, has been entertaining online audiences since 2012, first with a daily vlog, and now posting one every few days. The YouTube sites have over 560,000 subscribers, and its videos have been viewed 127 million times. More…

History & Tourism

Ohio’s Longest Yard Sale To Run Right Through Mansfield

6 Aug , 2018  

It’s almost time once again for the Ohio Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY yard sale. Now in its fourteenth year, Ohio’s longest yard sale will take place Thursday, August 9 through Saturday, August 11. The trail of sales follows the historic Lincoln Highway from the Indiana-Ohio state line in the west to the eastern end of the road in East Liverpool, Ohio. The BUY-WAY yard sale started with only about 250 sales across the state, but has grown to over 1,300 sales. “With multiple vendors at many sale locations, there’s something for everyone to find out there,” says Brian Cassler, marketing director for Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: The Ohio Ice Cream Trail

4 Aug , 2018  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look during the summer months 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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Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

30 Jul , 2018  

John Philip Sousa was a musician whose reputation remains strong almost a century after his death.

The scene must have been extraordinary that late October evening in 1892, over 125 years ago, when Sousa came to town. The venue was the brand-new Memorial Opera House, a 565 seat auditorium situated in what was later the site of the Madison Theatre, and is now the parking lot of the Solders and Sailors Memorial Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Date Set For A Murder In Mansfield National TV Debut

28 Jul , 2018  

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 on November 17 at 9 PM (that’s Channel 139 for many local Spectrum subscribers). More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Marblehead Lighthouse Tours

27 Jul , 2018  

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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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Earlier Map, Hedges Letters Found Online

26 Jul , 2018  

1812Blockhouse has discovered a map of Ohio online which may actually pre-date that referenced in the first post in our series Mansfield On The Map.

Although no date appears, it is claimed that the map which can be accessed at this location online dates from 1815, a year before the map we shared in our first post. This one not only shows Mansfield, but details the boundaries for several Ohio counties – with Richland County being on the western border of those shown. More…

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History & Tourism

Happy Carousel Day, Mansfield!

25 Jul , 2018  

July 25 is National Carousel Day – a day for celebration in America’s carousel-making capital.

According to Wikipedia, “The modern carousel emerged from early jousting traditions in Europe and the Middle East. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Richland County Changes Shape

25 Jul , 2018  

This is Part Two of a series; Part One can be found here.

The first fifty years of Ohio statehood saw the creation of counties and establishment of county boundaries – and then a re-shuffling of those boundaries, often by taking property from one and adding it to another or to an entirely new county. More…

History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Beginning

24 Jul , 2018  

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published two posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this summer and adding to them with additional maps and local history.

Students of local lore will know that the city of had its origins in June of 1808 when the Hedges, Newman, and Larwell families platted a settlement and named it for US Surveyor General Jared Mansfield. More…