History & Tourism

A Mansfield Fourth, 150 Years Ago

4 Jul , 2017  

A century and a half ago, local media writers were bemoaning the lack of activities scheduled in Mansfield to celebrate Independence Day, with one exception: a “Base Ball” game between the “fats” and the “lanks.”

This is from the weekly Mansfield Herald’s edition on July 3, 1867: More…

History & Tourism

Indiana University Posts Vintage Photo Of Mansfield Landmark

20 Jun , 2017  

Last October, 1812Blockhouse focused one of the first posts in our “Landmarks of Mansfield” series on the Farmers Bank Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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History & Tourism

Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

29 May , 2017  

Mansfield was a bustling place in 1896, with a population of approximately 17,000. On Saturday, May 30, the community came together to celebrate Memorial Day.

First known nationally as “Decoration Day,” the term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. More…

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History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

27 May , 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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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Silas M. Douglas House

12 May , 2017  

This stately home on Park Avenue West was built by a man with a sterling reputation in the community.

His name was Silas Marion Douglas, but around Mansfield he was commonly referred to as “Judge Douglas.” He was born in January, 1853 in Monroe Township, Richland County, and was a graduate of both Heidelberg College in Tiffin and the Cincinnati Law College. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Healing History: A Tour Of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

8 May , 2017  

As Sunday afternoon’s tour neared its end, guide Liberty Combs noted how fitting it was that the vision of industrialist Frank Black for an equestrian center is being carried forward, one hundred years later.

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center opened its doors on Saturday and Sunday as a part of RichHistory Weekend. The tours that were provided showcased both the effective therapeutic work being carried out there and also the unique history which connects Raemelton to the wider story of Mansfield. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Secret City Surprises

7 May , 2017  

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of visitors to downtown Mansfield could be seen walking up and down Fourth Street, North Main, and Park Avenue West; clutching red, white, and blue tickets; and looking for clusters of balloons.

As in years past, the Secret City Tour provided opportunities for these visitors to experience history in a very tangible way. Eight tour stops were featured. More…

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History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: South Park And The Blockhouse

4 May , 2017  

Our final look at this weekend’s RichHistory Weekend brings us to very familiar place – the Blockhouse in South Park.

REACH (Richland Early American Center for History) will be setting up in and around the landmark from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Tom Pappas and Jack Johnson will be demonstrating musket firing and 18th century accoutrements. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: The Ohio Civil War Show

3 May , 2017  

The timing is terrific – at the same time that some 15 historic venues in Richland County will be open to the public during RichHistory Weekend, the 49th Annual Civil War Show and 25th Annual Artillery Show will be taking place at the Richland County Fairgrounds.

Spread out over seven buildings with an amazing 750 tables of military items and memorabilia to buy, sell, or trade, the show will also include a number of items from the periods of World Wars I and II. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend: Secret City Tour

2 May , 2017  

It’s become a favorite among aficionados of local history and interesting architecture.

On Saturday, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. will hold its Secret City Tour. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the event offers a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems. This year, the tour is being held in conjunction with RichHistory Weekend and the RichHistory Alliance. More…

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History & Tourism

1812 Gears Up For RichHistory Weekend

30 Apr , 2017  

Over the past week, we have been previewing this weekend’s Mohican Wildlife Weekend. Today, attention turns from all things nature-related to Richland County’s past, as next Saturday and Sunday bring RichHistory Weekend. We will be sharing the schedule of events and a look at individual attractions this week.

Today, we launch our RichHistory Weekend coverage by sharing a list of 1812Blockhouse posts over our own nine month history that featured people or places from days gone by. More…

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All About Mansfield, History & Tourism

Nature And History: Outstanding Weekends Ahead

23 Apr , 2017  

Your friends in Columbus and Cleveland may well brag about all there is to do and see in the big city. Without a doubt, urban areas do have unique attractions worth visiting.

Neither of these places, however, can claim the variety of natural and historic venues that north central Ohio can. Those attractions, all easy to get to along non-congested roadways, are on view over the next two weekends – and 1812Blockhouse will be taking that ride along with you. More…

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