Bellville, Sports

Plans Announced For Large Sports Complex Near Bellville, News Journal Reports

14 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There may well be a new economic engine soon along the SR 97 corridor between Lexington and Bellville.

This morning, an announcement was made by the the YMCA of North Central Ohio to build a $12 to $15 million sports complex along I-71.

The facility would be built on land offered by retired industrialist James C. Gorman, the article stated, and the complex could include indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, and more, as well as facilities for outdoor sports including soccer.

The News Journal article, which has additional details and quotes from area civic leaders and is well worth a read, can be found here.


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Bellville, History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Poppletons

29 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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

There are children who you would imagine will live or have lived interesting lives because of their names. Blessed with obviously creative parents, they set out on journeys that take them to places as unique as their monikers.

Such is the case with a set of children born in Richland County in the first half of the nineteenth century, the Poppletons. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Gurney-Kochheiser House

12 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It was the latest fad in the last decades of the 19th century throughout the Midwest, and particularly in Ohio.

Tired of rigid and formulaic approaches, houses and commercial buildings in the Italianate style sprouted up along the streets of Richland County communities.

This Victorian-era style that began in Britain and spread around the world favored the use of architectural elements from a romanticized past to create buildings that offered an alternative to the prevailing formality of classical architecture. You can easily recognize them by their wide eaves supported by brackets.

Such was the case in Bellville, where one was built to house the family of an enterprising hardware store merchant who wore other “hats” as well. More…

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All Things Business, Bellville

Panchos Tacos Opening Location In Bellville

22 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

From food truck to stand-alone restaurant to a chain – Panchos Tacos clearly has a winning recipe.

The local favorite began in 2016 when two friends, Alejandro Anchondo and Jesus Davalos, began to sell from a new taco truck. By 2017, the pair had opened a new restaurant at 1344 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield.

Concentrating on a casual atmosphere and the freshest ingredients possible, Panchos Tacos offers authentic Mexican and American Mexican foods, with a specialty of Al Pastor offerings.


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Bellville, History & Tourism

End The Summer With A Rush. A Gold Rush, That is.

31 Aug , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s likely the only opportunity of its kind in Ohio to indulge in a bit of treasure hunting.

Get a sense of the excitement your Richland County ancestors felt when the Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America host Ohio Gold Rush Days during Labor Day Weekend. More…

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Lots And Homes Now Available In Bellville’s Urban Meadows

19 Aug , 2021  

This week, Shrock Real Estate announced the availability of lots/homes in the Urban Meadows community in Bellville.

 Groundbreaking for the innovative new development occurred in December 2019 and building is currently under way. There will be a total of 68 lots in the community, with lot size averaging just over ½ an acre.

“Urban Meadows is your opportunity to live in a small-town neighborhood with contemporary living. Its well-crafted homes are refined, sustainable, and filled with sunlight and fresh air,” stated Samuel Shrock, owner of Shrock Real Estate.


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All About Richland, Bellville

Bellville Police Engage In High Speed Pursuit On I71; Driver Commits Suicide

17 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse:

From Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey (revisions to make more clear):

On Tuesday, June 25 at 5:31 PM Bellville Police initiated a car stop on St Rt 97 West in the area of I-71. The stop was made for traffic violations observed by the officers.

The 2000 Buick four door vehicle pulled into the Love’s Travel Stop, where officers made contact with the operator of the vehicle, a 48 year old Hancock County man. The man then accelerated out of the parking lot and entered I-71 southbound. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Richland: The Bellville Bandstand

2 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

How historically important is the Bellville Bandstand?

Consider the fact the it is featured in “Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to the Present” by G.E. Kidder Smith and published by Princeton Architectural Press. More…

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Take A Walk Among The Gravestones, Learn Some History

9 Sep , 2020  

The Village of Bellville’s 3rd Cemetery Walk will take place on September 12 from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM.

Meet others at the entrance for guided groups. Interesting people from Bellville’s history will share their stories. The purpose of these characters of Bellville history being portrayed is to give people a glimpse into the rich history of Bellville.

Robert Stands is portraying Robert Bell who platted Bellville in 1815. Mr. Stands is from Columbia Station, Ohio, near Strongsville. His distant cousin, Merry Bering will portray Mary Bell, Robert’s wife. Both are sixth generation Bell descendants. More…

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All About Richland, Bellville

Ohio Geneaglocial Society Reopens Library; Unveils New Website

21 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Updated: See below.

Did you know that Richland County was home to one of the major centers for family history research in this part of the United States?

It’s the Samuel D. Isaly Library on State Route 97, just east of Bellville, home to some 60,000 bound volumes, census records, Bible records, newspapers, county genealogical society publications, and lineage documents submitted for various family history groups in the state. More…