All Things Business, History & Tourism

Another Historic Tax Credit Project For Mansfield: 331 Prescott To Be Returned To Life

22 Jun , 2018  

On Wednesday, when the Ohio Development Services Agency announced awards of $30,228,955 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the rehabilitation of 31 historic buildings, a Mansfield property was included for the second round in a row.

This time, the recipient is the landmark house at 331 Prescott Street, which is poised to receive a $900,000-plus rehabilitation project to create two residential units. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Its Very First Automobile Show

13 Jun , 2018  

The role of the automobile in daily life was a relatively new one on February 24, 1917, the day that Mansfield’s very first automobile show opened its doors.

Just nine years after the Ford Motor Company launched its signature Model T, and just four years after the company’s integrated moving assembly line revolutionized manufacturing, the car owners in north central Ohio decided to hold a show at the brand-new building of the Cotter Transfer & Storage – then, as it still is 101 years later, at 40 West Third Street (see photo below). More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Went Online: First Editions Of Local Websites

10 Jun , 2018  

It wasn’t that long ago that Richland Countians obtained local news and information almost solely via newspaper, radio, and television.

Everyone who has lived through some or all of the last twenty years knows the impact that the Internet has had on communication. In fits and starts, Mansfield businesses and organizations have joined local media in staking out an online presence. Today, it’s a standard part of doing business. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

28 May , 2018  

Celebrating Memorial Day 2018 with a reboot of this popular post. In this series, we have talked about survivors, local landmarks that have both stood the test of time and avoided both accidental loss and the all too common wrecking ball.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Park Avenue West’s Grand Old Lady, is both a local and statewide survivor. Since it opened in 1889, it has served veterans and the community well. Today it houses an extraordinary museum , provides character and dignity to Mansfield’s principal thoroughfare, and is a remarkable connection to what is arguably the most important conflict in American history. More…

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History & Tourism

Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

28 May , 2018  

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

Indiana University Posts Vintage Photo Of Mansfield Landmark

23 May , 2018  

In October 2016, 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

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Civil War Monument in South Park

12 May , 2018  

It stands sentinel near the entrance of South Park, just as it has for the last 110 years. Erected in 1908, the Civil War Monument is 27 years newer than its counterpart in Central Park downtown.

Like its cousin, this statue was given in memory of deceased veterans of the Civil War. While the downtown monument was donated by an individual, however, the South Park statue was a gift from veterans of the 120th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. More…

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All About Mansfield

National Old House Website Features Mansfield Property

8 May , 2018  

People from around the country, and around the world, visit the Old House Dreams website either to do just that – dream about owning and/or restoring a period house or building – or to actually shop for a new place to live or work.

According to the site, “OHD has become a community of folks that love and respect these homes, they are not “just an old house” to us. Since it’s inception, OHD has had over 26 million page views, over 10,000 homes shared and topped 200,000 comments (that number changes as homes are removed from the site). More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

A Map To The Story

27 Apr , 2018  

Thursday’s news brought coverage of the discovery of spaces described by local media as a cave, tunnel, and/or cavern. Beginning in the area north of the former National Electrical Supply building on the northeast corner of East Fourth and North Diamond, apparently one or more head west toward Temple Court. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: England’s Greatest Actor

24 Apr , 2018  

He was considered by many to be the greatest English actor of the nineteenth century. Yet underneath the veneer of accomplishment was someone who, it is said, never actually liked performing on the stage.

And on Thursday, March 30, 1916, he visited the city of Mansfield for the only time in his career. His performance that night was one in a series of highly significant moments in the worldwide history of theatre. More…

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History & Tourism

Oak Hill Cottage Debuts New Website; Opens For Tours

13 Apr , 2018  

There’s great news this month at Oak Hill Cottage, inside and out!

The inside news comes in the form of the commencement of tours for the 2018 season. This year, tours are available on Sundays from 2 PM to 5PM, now through December. The price is just $5, and $1 for children 12 and under. During the Sunday tour hours, the Carriage House is open at no charge. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

1 Apr , 2018  

NOTE: In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse is re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings today which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

For the last 100 years, the 125 feet high towers of the landmark St. Peter’s Catholic Church have themselves done double duty, standing sentinel over the central part of Mansfield while at the same time encouraging passers-by to look in a heavenly direction. More…

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