History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend Approaching; Attractions Prepare

4 Apr , 2019  

The annual RichHistory Weekend will be taking place on May 4 and 5 across Richland County.

An updated list of participating venues and happenings, including a calendar of events, is accessible on the RichHistory Alliance website (can be read here). This year, the Weekend includes a new Passport to History adventure for students. More…

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History & Tourism

A Great Combination: Hiking And History At Hemlock Falls

31 Mar , 2019  

“Hemlock Falls: History and Lore” walkers will visit the falls and nearby rock formations in a two-hour, morning walk, led and narrated by Alan Wigton of the Richland County Historical Society. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Historic Downtown Plymouth

12 Mar , 2019  

One could say that the village center of Plymouth might be termed a “One-Half Landmark of Richland,” as Main Street, the downtown’s main thoroughfare, straddles the Richland County – Huron County line.

It would be hard to argue, however, that its downtown boasts one of the most intact sets of nineteenth century commercial buildings in north central Ohio. And, as of December of last year, it is also an area recognized as significant by its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: From Lexington To The University Of Michigan – The Life Of Olive Anderson

26 Feb , 2019  

Her name was Olive San Louie Anderson.

Not only was her name a bit unusual, her life was a pacesetting one in the area of higher education for women. Unfortunately, it was also one which ended in tragedy.

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to talk about the less-commonly known stories of people born here or who lived here and went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. Other posts in the series are available here. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Snow Trails Ski Carnival, 1967-Style

19 Feb , 2019  

We recently ran across vintage photos of the Ski Carnival at Snow Trails dating from 1967, including a picture of that year’s Ohio Winter Ski Carnival Queen. In honor of this weekend’s 58th Annual version, we thought we would pass these along More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Women’s Suffrage And Children’s Illustrator Emily Hall Chamberlin

9 Feb , 2019  

Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world over the last 106 years. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

As the country moves toward the centennial of women achieving the right to vote in national elections, we profile a native Richland Countian who contribute in her own unique way to achieving that end. Unfortunately, she never saw the fruits of her work, dying at the young age of 40. More…

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All About Richland

Auditions Set For Play About Trailblazing Professional Footballer

10 Jan , 2019  

The Black Cyclone,” a play that tells the story of Charles Follis, the first black professional football player, will be featured again this spring on the stage of the Mansfield Senior High auditorium.

The production is a collaboration between Jim Stoner, who wrote the original play, the North End Community Improvement Cooperative, and Mansfield City Schools as part of the district’s 21st Century state grant. More…

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All About Richland, Landmarks of Richland, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland: Most Pure Heart Of Mary Catholic Church

3 Dec , 2018  

It is apparent that the architect of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby took particular pride in this building.

After all, while the church was being built in the decade before the Great Depression, Toledo architect William R. Dowling actually moved his family to Shelby, living at 216 West Main Street for two to three years. More…

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All About Richland

The Yesteryears Of Channels 3, 5, 8, 43, And More

2 Dec , 2018  

It’s an opportunity to turn back the clock and step back into the past of television and radio history.

In particular, it provides a look at the yesteryears of Cleveland TV and radio stations and the shows and personalities it featured. Think of it as one part Hoolihan and Big Chuck, another Dorothy Fuldheim, and another Gene Caroll. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: The Tubbs-Sourwine House

25 Nov , 2018  

The local Plymouth landmark known as the Tubbs-Sourwine House has long had a connection with the rail line it faces.

Constructed on a rise at 49 Railroad Street between 1867 and 1870, it was originally the home of Henry Bitley and Eve Reed Tubbs. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Session To Focus On Sultana Diaster

18 Jul , 2018  

On April 27, 1865, a boat exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. In the worst maritime disaster in American history, some 1,192 passengers were killed. 357 of that number were Ohioans, and 101 of those 357 – one-tenth of those who perished — were from Richland County. More…

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History & Tourism

The Bridges of Richland County

8 Jun , 2018  

Here’s a summer road trip idea for you, right here in Richland County. Why not visit one or more of the county’s historic and notable bridges?

According to the website Bridgehunter.com, there are no less than 29 of them in both city and rural settings. More…

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History & Tourism

Former Richland County Community Celebrates A Family’s Bicentennial

4 May , 2018  

RichHistory Weekend is almost here, an opportunity to visit venues that showcase the extraordinary history of this part of Ohio. It’s the second annual presentation, sponsored by the RichHistory Alliance, a consortium of heritage venues in Richland County.

Our story about the weekend is here, and includes an overall schedule with links to additional information. More…

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History & Tourism

It’s Time To Go Back In Time In Richland County

30 Apr , 2018  

This coming weekend, May 5 and 6, Richland Countians and visitors will celebrate unique stories and landmarks that combine to enhance our sense of place.

It’s called RichHistory Weekend. For the second year, this event will showcase venues from across Richland County that celebrate the area’s rich past. Included will be tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and more. More…

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