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Destination Mansfield, Little Buckeye Win RUBY Awards

16 Nov , 2017  

Destination Mansfield – Richland County staff members attended the Ohio Conference on Travel in Akron, October 30-November 2. They joined approximately 250 other travel industry leaders to discuss travel trends and opportunities, as well as to hear from national experts. Also attending were the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Malabar Farm State Park.  More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Farmers Bank Building

7 Nov , 2017  

It rises some 157 feet above the pavement of Park Avenue West, a 53,000 square foot structure that speaks to the optimism and economic health of early 20th century Mansfield.

The Farmers Bank Building was constructed in 1929. In that decade and the one following, many Midwestern cities saw the building of Classical and Art Deco skyscrapers, many of which, like the Farmers Bank Building, remain the tallest in their respective communities. Each provided a dramatic refutation that its city was a “backwater,” instead proclaiming that it had “arrived” in the modern world. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Catch A Glimpse Of Hidden Mansfield Architecture

30 Oct , 2017  

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.

Tour participants that day included a contributor to the Abandoned blog, Sherman Cahal. Cahal took the his camera along for the occasion, and captured several interesting views of several buildings. More…

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Join The First Families Of Richland County

29 Oct , 2017  

Are you a descendant from one of the pioneer families in the Mansfield area? And, perhaps just as importantly, can you prove that connection?

If so, you could be eligible for membership in that limited number of individuals who are members of the First Families of Richland County. Sponsored by the Richland County Genealogical Society, this is a lineage society that honors members whose ancestors who lived within the original boundaries of Richland County before December 31, 1840. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Walpark Building

25 Oct , 2017  

The Walpark Building at 13 Park Avenue West occupies a unique location in the history of Mansfield.

In 1858, the City of Mansfield – which had become a city from a village just a year earlier – erected a City Hall and market building at the southeast corner of Market (now Park Avenue West) and Walnut Streets. The lot was purchased for $1,500 (an amount which the City actually had to borrow), and the structure cost some $10,000 to construct. More…

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History & Tourism

Fall Color Continues To Spread Throughout Ohio

20 Oct , 2017  

Ohioans and out-of-state visitors are encouraged to explore a state park, nature preserve or forest this October to enjoy the many free amenities that they offer, as well as the fall color Ohio provides. Near peak and peak conditions are expected across most of the state this coming weekend, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). While the weather patterns and wind conditions we experienced across much of the state last weekend may leave some of the colors spotty, there are still many locations that will have fall color on full display. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Buffalo Bill

18 Oct , 2017  

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.

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

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Gospel Tabernacle

17 Oct , 2017  

Mansfielders of today might not recognize the original name of this familiar building, itself nearing its 100th birthday.

On Sunday, October 10, 1920, the Grace Gospel Tabernacle was dedicated at 95 East Third Street in downtown Mansfield. The congregation, which had been founded just four years previously, was enthusiastic about their new building — which was already a bit snug. More…

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History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

15 Oct , 2017  

UPDATE: With our increasing number of daily readers, we’re re-running this post about a collection of vintage local photographs that can be viewed from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that some may have missed.

Through a partnership with the Cleveland Memory Project, an online location for thousands of Cleveland area photographs sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library has set out to connect Mansfielders with their past. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Two Weeks Of Art At Malabar Farm

13 Oct , 2017  

Where better to indulge your creative bent than a place which has inspired artists and writers for several decades?

For two weeks beginning on Saturday, Malabar Farm State Park is hosting “Arts in the Park,” a series of 11 separate opportunities to participate in the arts. Activities range from wine & art, poetry readings, a fiber art demonstration, storytelling, landscape art and much more. More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield: Grace Episcopal Church

11 Oct , 2017  

The stately building on the southwest corner of Third and Bowman Streets near downtown represents a 171 year history of the Episcopal Church in Mansfield.

Established in 1846, the same year that brought railroads to town, Grace Episcopal Church’s first parishioners included members of the Bartley and Sherman families. Two years later, its first church building was constructed on Third Street just east of Mulberry. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield’s Civil War General, “Fighting Bob”

7 Oct , 2017  

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…

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