By Thomas Palmer, 1812Blockhouse Publisher

What’s better than a birthday party? Celebrating a birth on the same day, that’s what!

September 8 is a banner day around these parts. Way back in 2016, it was the date chosen for the launch of 1812Blockhouse, which has been published consistently since then.

Over 6,200 stories have been shared during those six years and, with an average of 5 to 10 links a day to stories from other local media, we have been a place where readers have been able to access tens of thousands of posts about Richland County.

Along the way, of course, we grew a bit. 1808Delaware came along to serve Delaware and Delaware County. As it so happens, 1812 and 1808 are very different animals that serve a readership that has strong and divergent preferences on how they get their news.

The  Richland County community is much more cohesive in how it functions, which explains its multiple news sites and relatively modest social media presence. Delaware County, on the other hand, is addicted to social media.

The best part of publishing 1812Blockhouse is how much we learn, each and every day. Mansfield, Shelby, Ontario, Lexington, and each city and village in Richland County has its own distinct “vibe.” It came as little surprise that the new local branding effort refers to the county as a collection of communities.

It has been, and continues to be, our privilege in providing daily news and information about this exciting place in which to live, work, and play. We’re moving into the future with a focus on doing more.

All of that said, it’s time, on September 8, 2022, to expand again. 

We are pleased to share the news that 1831Galion is officially launching tomorrow in nearby Galion, although it is already live (and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @1831Galion). You are warmly invited to take a peek at

Send us your news — of an announcement, event,
club news, fundraiser – whatever! It’s easy to do online.

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