Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

12 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

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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Celebrate Halloween In Historic Downtown Mansfield

28 Oct , 2020  

From our friends at Downtown Mansfield, Inc.:

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is excited to present the 2020 edition of Monsterfield Masquerade in historic downtown Mansfield! Monsterfield Masquerade will take place on Saturday, October 31 at 11:00 AM.

This year’s Halloween fun will include only downtown Trick or Treat, per the Richland County Health Department we are unable to have the parade.

Trick or Treat will take place throughout downtown beginning at 11:00 AM with lots of downtown merchants participating. Event maps with participating merchant locations are available online at or

Downtown Mansfield Incorporated’s mission is to stimulate economic development, improve the appearance and create a positive image of the downtown as a desirable place to work, live, shop and invest.


Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Vasbinder Fountain

7 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It sits now as it originally did, anchoring Central Park and providing a pleasant oasis of sight and sound.

The Vasbinder Fountain is a Mansfield landmark of the first order. Dedicated on July 4, 1881, it was removed in the late 1950s during the creation of the then-controversial Park Avenue cut-through, and after storage and a temporary placement at Malabar Farm, it was returned to Central Park in 1979. The move took place after community outcry following announced plans to move the fountain to a neighborhood revitalization program in Springfield, Ohio.

As a commemorative plate shares, the fountain was donated by David and Jane Vasbinder. More…


Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

13 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

First English Lutheran Church is a stunning survivor.

Stunning, as the structure at 53 Park Avenue West was built at a time when Victorian opulence was at its peak, and no expense was spared in its construction.

A survivor, in that it remains one of the only remaining large downtown churches that still houses its original congregation. More…

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Downtown Mansfield Stroll

29 Jun , 2020  

Join 1812Blockhouse as we look back at a photo stroll we took a couple of years ago through downtown Mansfield. Click on the photo below to access. More…


Fathers Day Goodies

19 Jun , 2020  

The tables at Downtown Mansfield, Inc. were filled on Friday afternoon with gift boxes for local fathers. Pickup for ordered boxes is today from 4 PM until 7 PM at DMI, 128 North Main Street.


Section Of North Main Closed

9 Jun , 2020  

Water main repairs have necessitated the closure of a section of North Main Street in downtown Mansfield.

On Monday, the City of Mansfield closed North Main Street from Fourth Street to North Park Street.

The road is closed now and will remain closed until further notice.ww More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

12 Apr , 2020  

NOTE: We are very pleased to re-share this Landmarks of Mansfield post in celebration of Easter, which is important to the city’s Christian communities.

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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Downtown, History & Tourism

Showing Visitors Around Town This Holiday Season?

13 Dec , 2019  

Mansfielders, do you have out-of-town visitors coming this December who are going to expect a tour of our downtown or other areas of the city? If you really want to impress friends and family this holiday season, check out the interactive history map hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) to learn all about the landmarks in the downtown area, as well as a few non-downtown but still significant locations. More…

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Downtown, Holidays

Christmas Shopping in Richland County

9 Dec , 2019  

If you still need to purchase gifts for the holidays, look no further than local Richland County businesses. This is not just a way to find the perfect gift, but also to support your local economy. There are far too many businesses and services to include all of them, but here are a few of our favorites: More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Two Visitors Will Be On Hand As Mansfield Welcomes The Holidays

6 Dec , 2019  

Two guests will be visiting downtown Mansfield on Friday night.

Who are they? Here’s a hint – one of them will be wearing red and white and the other has been known to wear a crown.

December 6 is not only the monthly First Friday Shop Hop in downtown Mansfield, it’s also the official kickoff to the holiday season. This annual community gathering is full of holiday fun and spirit. More…

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All Things Business, Downtown

Newly Renovated Space Available for Downtown Living in Mansfield

21 Nov , 2019  

Those who have participated in the Secret City Tour in downtown Mansfield may remember having toured four dark, dirty and – in some areas – junk-filled upstairs apartments that had not been lived in for several decades. Over the course of the last two years, the apartments at 46 Park Avenue West have been emptied out, renovated, and are now ready for new life as high-end downtown apartments that overlook that street. All of this is thanks to new building owners who had a vision for the apartments, as well as the downstairs retail space. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

A Tale Of Pirate Mystery

14 Nov , 2019  

Steve Goble will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on November 15 at 6:00 PM to discuss the third book in his Spider John pirate mystery series, A Bottle of Rum.

The book, which was listed on’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, centers on an eighteenth-century pirate who is regularly wrapped up in mysteries and crimes.  More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Monsterfield Masquerade Maps

25 Oct , 2019  

This weekend is the annual Monsterfield Masquerade in downtown Mansfield. Trick-or-Treat is from 11 AM to Noon on Saturday and the Parade steps off at Noon. Below you will find links to both the parade map and the trick-or-treat map. Click either for a full-sized image. More…

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Reservations Being Taken For Bedtime Stories With Santa

23 Oct , 2019  

Bedtime Stories with Santa

Oh, Yes, we have started taking reservations for Bedtime Stories with Santa – – Dec. 4 & 11. Reservations are limited.