Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The May Building

25 Jun , 2017  

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

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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They’re Hidden From View: Richland County Letterboxes

23 Jun , 2017  

Note: Published last year, this article has been updated for summer 2017. Some 160 years ago, visitors to the Dartmoor region of southwest England began to do something rather peculiar. Those hiking on the moors would place a letter or postcard inside a designated box along the trail as a mark that they had visited. Those who would come after them would, in turn, post letters back to those who had left them. Soon, these “letterboxes” were carefully hidden so that they would be difficult to discover. More…

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All About Mansfield

Torch Run Signals Area Participation in Special Olympics

22 Jun , 2017  

Special Olympics Ohio’s State Summer Games – the largest Special Olympics event held in Ohio – are set for Friday through Sunday, June 23-25, at The Ohio State University in Columbus.

To signal local participation in the event, the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch run will depart Mansfield for Columbus and the state Summer Games this Friday, June 23. More…

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All About Mansfield

I Want To Hold Your Hand – At The Library, That Is

21 Jun , 2017  

The Beatles are coming to downtown Mansfield this Thursday. Not in person, mind you, but certainly the sounds and sights of the Fab Four. More…


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Beards Behind Bars

20 Jun , 2017  

Brothers and sisters of the brush, unite!

The Gnarly Beard Company, which is dedicated to taming tangled bears by using all nature balms and oils, is presenting “Beards Behind Bars” on July 1 at the Ohio State Reformatory. More…


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Mid Ohio Opera Working To Bring Steinway Downtown

19 Jun , 2017  

The piano is a signature instrument from a signature manufacturer, and the hope is that it can makes its home in downtown Mansfield.

The 1961 Steinway “B” grand piano is a model which, according to the company’s website, “is often referred to by pianists as the “perfect piano.”” More…

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All About Mansfield

Mansfield Farmers Markets In Full Swing

18 Jun , 2017  

Now that summer is upon us, the farmers markets in and near Mansfield are sharing locally produced items for sale in several locations and at various times during the week. Here is a sampling of what’s on offer: More…

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Our Nine Month Checkup

17 Jun , 2017  

As parents know well, there are a regular series of checkup visits during a child’s early years.

That is no less true with media start-ups. This past week 1812Blockhouse reached the ripe old age of nine months, and so we thought we’d turn the focus inwards to share a bit about where we’ve been and where we’re headed. More…

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All About Mansfield

Ohio Summer Fair Coming To Mansfield Next Week

16 Jun , 2017  

Mansfield is the location for the “Ohio Summer Fair” June 21-24, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM each evening. The fair is positioned by organizers as a celebration kicking off summer in Ohio. More…

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All About Mansfield, All Things Business

Mansfield History And Talents Entwined In Miss Ohio Ring

15 Jun , 2017  

This Saturday when Miss Ohio 2017 is crowned, she will also be the recipient of a custom diamond ring exclusive to Miss Ohio. Local independent jewelers, Mike and Deb Miller of Mansfield’s Miller’s Diamond Jewelry, has designed and is donating the custom-designed ring valued at $1,500 to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant. More…


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Mansfielder Makes Simon Cowell Smile On National TV

14 Jun , 2017  

Daniel Ferguson, a current resident of Mansfield, appeared on Monday night’s edition of America’s Got Talent. As he shared on stage, it was his first time in front of a live audience; his moment on national television can be seen below.

Ferguson, who is a sales rep for local radio stations, is a recent graduate of Kent State University. For some time he has been creating videos of his impersonations of celebrities, cartoon characters, and others. More…

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