History & Tourism

A Presidents’ Day Tale: John Kennedy Comes To Richland County

16 Feb , 2020  

In a special edition of our “When Mansfield Welcomed” series, and in honor of President’s Day, we look at the visit of a US presidential candidate that took place 60 years ago. On September 27, 1960, with just about 6 weeks left to go before Election Day, Senator John Kennedy of Massachusetts visited the Richland County Courthouse in Mansfield to give a speech and give voters a chance to size him up. As a part of the famous Kennedy family he was already well-known, but being able to see him in person would allow Richland Countians to evaluate him as a possible President of the United States. Read More

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Work Of Art: Mansfield Art Center Releases 2020 Exhibition Schedule

12 Feb , 2020  

Contemporary Selections from the Roy Gottlieb Collection,” a multi-media exhibition in the Foundation Gallery and the Upper Gallery, will kick off the first of a very impressive lineup for the 2020 Exhibition Series at the Mansfield Art Center. Dr. Roy Gottlieb, a collector for many years, has curated this exhibition to represent primarily Central Ohio Artists from the past thirty years. Read More

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Strike It Rich At The Ohio Gold And Treasure Show

10 Feb , 2020  

The Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA), headquarterd near Bellville, are taking center stage as they join other chapters in hosting the GPAA Gold and Treasure Show this May at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center. As we have shared previously on 1812Blockhouse, the lure of gold has brought folks to Richland County for over 160 years. It continues to do so, and the Bellville area serves as the center of Ohio prospecting activity. Read More

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Inn Restaurant Seeking New Operator

7 Feb , 2020  

In early 2019 it was announced that Malabar Farm Inn, the restaurant situated down the road from Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm, would be closed for the remainder of 2019 for renovations. It appears that there was more to the story as the State of Ohio is now seeking a new operator to run and manage the restaurant. Through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, State Parks and Watercraft Division, bids are now being accepted for an operator contract. Read More

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History & Tourism

A Mansfield Mayor Who Married A King’s Ex-Mistress

5 Feb , 2020  

Do you read the latest post in the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s Sherman Room blog? It’s so good! Since the Sherman Room is focus on preserving our history and genealogy, that’s what the blog focuses on too. Their latest is a story about a Mansfield lawyer and mayor, Patrick Purdy Hull, who went to California during the gold rush and ended up marrying a woman who – in her short but colorful life – was the mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Read More

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Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

29 Jan , 2020  

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. Read More

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History & Tourism

February Outdoor Fun and Indoor Coziness

28 Jan , 2020  

February will be cold. If you like cold weather, then we have some great outdoor activities to tell you about. And if the cold is not your thing, we also have plenty of indoor events to give you something to look forward to during this chilly time of year. With the help of Destination Mansfield – Richland County, here’s a list of things to check out in the upcoming month: Read More

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Mansfield’s MLK Jr. Memorial

20 Jan , 2020  

If you are familiar with the memorials that dot Central Park in downtown Mansfield, then you already know that one of those monuments honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for whom this Monday is a national holiday in which we celebrate his importance and his legacy. The monument to Dr. King was a labor of love that began over 20 years ago, with the 1999 formation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Committee. The group was created between 1998 and 1999, after failed attempts to persuade the City to memorialize King through, for example, renaming a section of U.S. Route 30 in his honor. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Mysterious Shooting Of Jack Sturges

19 Jan , 2020  

1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to reveal stories of the well-known and less-commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. By all accounts, native Mansfielder John J. “Jack” Sturges lived an adventurous life. It was his demise, however, that still fuels claims of paranormal activity in a most unlikely place - Anchorage, Alaska. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland Carrousel Park Set For Grand Re-Opening

15 Jan , 2020  

In the many years that the Richland Carrousel has made its home in downtown Mansfield, the music emanating from the Richland Carrousel Park has seeped into those who live, work and visit the area. It’s become part of who we are so, while it is closed right now for maintenance, we look forward to the grand re-opening on January 18 when the Carrousel will run again to traditional carousel music such as John Phillip Sousa’s The Washington Post March, all produced on the Park’s Stinson Organ. Read More

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History & Tourism

Check Out Malabar Farm’s 2020 Events Calendar

13 Jan , 2020  

Events

One of the oldest friends-groups to the park, the Spinning and Weaving guild has a long history of providing unique experiences and crafts to park visitors and it’s members. Meeting Time: 6:00 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, excluding holidays (see meeting dates for this year) Meeting Place : Various Contact: Victoria CochranPhone : 419-892-2929 Feb.

History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: Sir Harry Lauder

11 Jan , 2020  

A man once described by Winston Churchill as “Scotland’s greatest ever ambassador” included Mansfield among places he visited during his storied career. At the time of his March 1916 visit, Harry Lauder was already the highest paid performer in the world. His visit took place at a time of increased anxiety in America, as the county was involved in arming the Allies in World War 1 but was still several months away from joining the fray. Read More

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Winter Brings Winterfest Fun To Mohican

7 Jan , 2020  

As part of 1812Blockhouse's emphasis on sharing news and information about our county and its residents, we realize that attractions and events just "over the border" in surrounding counties draw Richland Countians as well.  We will be highlighting several of these in our new series, "In Our Backyard." What better way to celebrate the wonders of January than with a winter themed festival? You’re in luck this weekend, as nearby Loudonville celebrates the 2020 Mohican Winter Fest this Saturday and Sunday. Read More

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History & Tourism

A Day Of Carnage In Shelby

6 Jan , 2020  

A Shootout with the Foster Gang in Shelby

In November of 1883, some of the most notorious bandits in the area came through Richland County. Five Members of the Foster Gang, who terrorized northern Ohio and southern Michigan, had just attempted to blow a safe in New Washington, Crawford County, Ohio the night of November 29, 1883.