Downtown, History & Tourism

Mansfield On Parade, Filmed in 1958

16 Sep , 2016  

Mansfield’s Sesquicentennial Parade was quite the show back in 1958, as this video clearly shows. Enjoy eight-plus minutes of vintage scenes along Park Avenue West and Central Park. More…

History & Tourism

A Visit to Kingwood Center Gardens

14 Sep , 2016  


To celebrate 1812Blockhouse’s one-week anniversary, which takes place tomorrow (Thursday) evening, we are sharing an exclusive walk-through of Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield. This set of 33 photos was taken this past July. Be sure to click on individual photos, and then expand them to full screen.

To access this album, click here. Enjoy!

All of these photos are copyright 2016 by 1812Blockhouse, and no copies may be made without express written permission.

History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield

13 Sep , 2016  

History & Tourism

Take A Short Road Trip This Coming Weekend

13 Sep , 2016  

Mansfielders will have a number of options to fill an early fall weekend close to home. If you can spare a day – or any afternoon at least – from household work, consider any of the following:

The 166th Annual Bellville Street Fair begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday when rides and concessions open, and continues through a horse show at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon. A full schedule of events is available at the Fair website. More…

History & Tourism

Mansfield’s Elektro the Robot profiled in Pittsburgh Media

12 Sep , 2016  

The work of Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, which opened in 1994, put the region on the map as a center of modern robotics. But 55 years earlier, it was research done at Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric Corp. that took the world by storm. That’s when “Elektro, the Moto Man” became the star of the 1939 World’s Fair in New York.

The rest of the story on can be found here.

History & Tourism

Go On A Shawshank Tour, Then Watch Shawshank — Makes Sense To Us

11 Sep , 2016  

History & Tourism

Kingwood Peacock

11 Sep , 2016  

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History & Tourism

We Paid A Morning Visit To The Blockhouse

10 Sep , 2016  

Where we would go on a beautiful Ohio September Saturday morning? Why, the Blockhouse, of course, our inspiration here at 1812Blockhouse. The occasion was the Colonial Living History Fair in South Park. The event, which runs until 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, was attended by several families during the time we were there; we also observed a musket firing demonstration. We’ll have photos to share later this weekend. In the meantime, however, here’s a short clip of the scene around the Blockhouse this morning. More…

History & Tourism

Oak Hill Cottage To Feature Mansfield-Made Automobile and Preservation Walk

9 Sep , 2016  

On September 10 and 17, Oak Hill Cottage joins over 100 other historic destinations across the state, and several others in Richland and Crawford Counties, in “Ohio’s Open Doors,” an effort of the Ohio History Connection to promote the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Included will be an Open House from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. at the Oak Hill Carriage House, where a 1905 National Automobile manufactured in Mansfield and other behind the scenes artifacts will be on display.  A one mile preservation walk will step off at 2:30 pm each day featuring the historic preservation involvement of the Richland County Historical Society at the Cottage and surrounding neighborhood. More…

All About Richland, History & Tourism

African Violet Show Heading to Kingwood Center

8 Sep , 2016  

A beautiful locale will be made more so on September 16 and 17, as the Ohio State African Violet Show makes it home at the Kingwood Center Gardens. Housed in the Carriage House, plants will be available for purchase and a variety of unique designs will be on display. Educational workshops will also be featured, while several commercial growers will offer plants and related items for sale. Members of the OSAVS will be on hand to answer any questions. More…