History & Tourism, Holidays

Herlihy Christmas House Opening This Holiday Season

5 Dec , 2018  

UPDATED: The Herlihy Christmas House is open to the public every other year during the Christmas season. Come see dazzling displays of Christmas collections – some more than 50 years old. The Herlihy Christmas House is decked with over 30 themed Christmas trees, tens of thousands of lights, countless Santas, villages, trains, and more.  Make the Herlihy Christmas tradition a part of yours. More…

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Current Heart Of Ohio Magazine Features Area Stories

3 Dec , 2018  

The current edition of Heart of Ohio magazine contains a number of stories showcasing our community and its residents. Each can be read on the online version of the magazine.

Among articles in this issue with local connections are the following: More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The Fisk Jubilee Singers

29 Nov , 2018  

Did you know that Mansfield is one of the places where American musical history was made?

In fact, it was made 147 years ago today, on November 29, 1871. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: The Tubbs-Sourwine House

25 Nov , 2018  

The local Plymouth landmark known as the Tubbs-Sourwine House has long had a connection with the rail line it faces.

Constructed on a rise at 49 Railroad Street between 1867 and 1870, it was originally the home of Henry Bitley and Eve Reed Tubbs. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Experience Christmases Past Starting Sunday

24 Nov , 2018  

For the 34th time, the rooms and hallways of Oak Hill Cottage will welcome visitors wanting to turn back the clock and experience a vintage holiday.

The house, built in 1847 by railroad superintendent John Robinson, was characterized as “the one perfect Gothic Revival house in the country” by at one prominent architect. It was then owned for over a century by the family of Dr. Johannes Jones, and is now owned and operated by the Richland County Historical Society. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Vasbinder Fountain

21 Nov , 2018  

It sits now as it originally did, anchoring Central Park and providing a pleasant oasis of sight and sound.

The Vasbinder Fountain is certainly a Mansfield landmark of the first order. Dedicated on July 4, 1881, it was removed in the late 1950s during the creation of the then-controversial Park Avenue cut-through, and after storage and a temporary placement at Malabar Farm, it was returned to Central Park in 1979.

As a commemorative plate shares, the fountain was donated by David and Jane Vasbinder. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Five: The Political Debunker

19 Nov , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues our series about individuals with Mansfield connections who participated in the literary world. To date, we have looked at the 19th century poet Salathiel Coffinberry, the Putlizer Prize winning James Lapine, current novelist Christopher Moore, and statesman John Sherman and his autobiography. More…

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A Murder In Mansfield’s Collier Landry Appears On Dr. Phil

15 Nov , 2018  

On Wednesday, Collier Landry, the son of Dr. John Boyle whose 1990 conviction is profiled in “A Murder in Mansfield,” appeared on Dr. Phil.

According to the show’s website, Landry talks about his memories of the murder, the trial, and his coming to terms with the event. More…

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Shawshank 25th Annivesary Celebration: Save This Date on Your 2019 Calendar

14 Nov , 2018  

It’s time to get busy living and join fans from around the world for the Shawshank Redemption 25th Anniversary celebration. Get August 16-18, 2019 on your calendar now – it’s not too early to start planning your trip. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

A Murder In Mansfield Airs Nationally This Saturday

12 Nov , 2018  

It’s time for Mansfield to take the center stage nationally on cable TV.

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

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The May Building

11 Nov , 2018  

By the time that the May Building was constructed on the southeast corner of South Main and South Park Streets, facing Central Park, the name “May” had been known by Mansfielders for some 90 years. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Santa Behind Bars

7 Nov , 2018  

It might not be the first combination which comes to mind – the holiday season, a prison, and ghosts.

That’s just what is happening later this month when the historic Ohio State Reformatory will be open for Holiday Tours. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Four: The Statesman

5 Nov , 2018  

1812Blockhouse is resharing posts in our Literary Mansfield series; the following was posted back in early 2107.

Today we look at a work of non-fiction by a leading political figure of the 19th century.

Mansfield has been able to boast of several statesmen and stateswomen in its history, two of which rose to the level of United States Senator from Ohio. One of the two holders of that title, Sherrod Brown, is a graduate of Mansfield Senior; 150 years ago, another Mansfielder had that distinction. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

The Ghosts Of Hidden Mansfield Architecture

31 Oct , 2018  

In honor of Halloween, we’re asking you to join us in a look behind closed doors in downtown Mansfield. These ghosts of the city’a past could be a vital part of an exciting future with some attention and investment.

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. More…

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