History & Tourism, Holidays, Literary Mansfield

Louis Bromfield And Christmas

22 Dec , 2018  

NOTE: In what has become an annual tradition, we’re sharing this post through Christmas Day.

There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.

During the period of time that Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. More…

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The Ohio State Corn Show

18 Dec , 2018  

Updated with additional information. The competition was fierce early last century as Columbus, Alliance, Marietta, Toledo, Fostoria, Marion, and Mansfield vied for the prize – host city for the 1914 Ohio State Corn Show. At the 1913 show in Lima, the winner was announced, and Mansfield was chosen.

Amazingly, both the 1913 and 1914 Corn Shows took place in the dead of winter – mid to late January. Still, thousands attended such events. More…

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

State Board Recommends That Downtown Mansfield Be Designated A National Register Historic District

16 Dec , 2018  

The Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board met earlier this month at the Ohio History Center at I-71 & 17th Ave. in Columbus.

At the meeting, the board recommended nine proposed Ohio nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as part of a National Register Historic District. The latter group included a several-block area of downtown Mansfield, labeled the “Downtown Mansfield Historic District,” roughly bounded by Fifth Street to the north, Diamond Street to the east, Second Street to the south, and Mulberry Street to the west.

According to the announcement: More…

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History & Tourism

OSR Featured On Science Channel

7 Dec , 2018  

Mansfield has had more exposure on national television this fall. This time, it’s the Ohio State Reformatory’s turn to be in the spotlight.

According to its website, the Science Channel’s series Mysteries of the Abandoned features “stories behind some of the world’s most amazing engineering marvels, why they were built, and why they were eventually no longer of use. Each story highlights the people who designed the structures, their significance, and why they were ultimately left to crumble.” 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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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

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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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: John Krause House

23 Oct , 2018  

The fact that the John Krause House sits where it does is something which has puzzled some historians.

The house was designed with strong Prairie Style influences, much as its two-block-away neighbor, the Rufus Kern House at number 608 Park Avenue West. These two houses were built in a style which was not often found on Midwest main streets, as the influence of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright was considered a bit “modern” and not exactly mainstream. More…

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History & Tourism

Walk. Listen. View The Past.

13 Sep , 2018  

On Saturday, Downtown Mansfield Inc. and Just Walk Richland are again collaborating to bring you the opportunity to exercise and experience the past at the same time.

In the third of four DMI Walks scheduled this season, this walk will focus on the Northeast Sector/Brewery District. More…

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Finley Block

27 Aug , 2018  

The three story brick building currently being renovated in downtown Mansfield bears the name of its original owner and builder.

Dr. Mary Jordan Finley was a person of great note, not only for being a female physician at a time when such was relatively uncommon, but also based on her contributions to the community in which she lived. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

30 Jul , 2018  

John Philip Sousa was a musician whose reputation remains strong almost a century after his death.

The scene must have been extraordinary that late October evening in 1892, over 125 years ago, when Sousa came to town. The venue was the brand-new Memorial Opera House, a 565 seat auditorium situated in what was later the site of the Madison Theatre, and is now the parking lot of the Solders and Sailors Memorial Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Earlier Map, Hedges Letters Found Online

26 Jul , 2018  

1812Blockhouse has discovered a map of Ohio online which may actually pre-date that referenced in the first post in our series Mansfield On The Map.

Although no date appears, it is claimed that the map which can be accessed at this location online dates from 1815, a year before the map we shared in our first post. This one not only shows Mansfield, but details the boundaries for several Ohio counties – with Richland County being on the western border of those shown. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: Richland County Changes Shape

25 Jul , 2018  

This is Part Two of a series; Part One can be found here.

The first fifty years of Ohio statehood saw the creation of counties and establishment of county boundaries – and then a re-shuffling of those boundaries, often by taking property from one and adding it to another or to an entirely new county. More…

History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Beginning

24 Jul , 2018  

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published two posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this summer and adding to them with additional maps and local history.

Students of local lore will know that the city of had its origins in June of 1808 when the Hedges, Newman, and Larwell families platted a settlement and named it for US Surveyor General Jared Mansfield. More…