History & Tourism

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

19 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.

History & Tourism

Free Bromfield Coming Soon To An E-Reader Near You

5 Jan , 2020  

Sometimes, if you wait long enough, some of the best things in life can be yours at no cost. With the coming of the new year, that includes a treasure trove of American literature, films, and other items that have now had their copyrights lapse due to inaction by the US Congress, and have now entered the public domain. This year, that means works produced in the year 1924. The same year, mind you, that Mansfielder Louis Bromfield’s first book was published. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland County Is Ready For 2020: Here Are Some Can’t Miss Events

4 Jan , 2020  

The 2020 calendar is filling up fast! Here are 7 events that are happening in our community in just the first half of the year. Make sure not to miss these cool local opportunities! 1 – Ski Carnival: February 22-23 The 59th Annual Ski Carnival at Snow Trails is an epic weekend of winter fun, spectating, racing, brats and beer – an annual tradition since the very first season at Snow Trails! Read More

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History & Tourism

Nominate A Favorite Local Landmark

3 Jan , 2020  

Since we began publishing in 2016, 1812Blockhouse has shared details about pieces of local history that dot Richland County. Through our Landmarks of Mansfield series and our Landmarks of Richland series, we have presented research on over 40 buildings, monuments, and downtowns.

As we begin 2020, we’re eager to add to that number, and we’re turning to you for help. Do you have a favorite local landmark that you’d like to see profiled on 1812Blockhouse? Is there a building you’ve been wondering about, or a neighborhood or downtown you would like to see highlighted? If so, please send us an email at: 1812Blockhouse@gmail.com and we’ll get right on it!

For ideas, here are links the the current Landmarks of Mansfield and Landmarks of Richland. Use the numbers at the bottom of the page to scroll through the posts.

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Locally Crafted New Year’s Resolutions

31 Dec , 2019  

Okay, Richland County – Wednesday does not just mark the beginning of a new year, but also a new decade. Sure, you could focus on goals to lose weight, exercise more, eat better…we won’t argue with whatever targets you want to set for yourself. But we’ve come up with a list of 5 resolutions that are just for our community – see how many you can tackle in 2020: Read More

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History & Tourism

Housing Shortage Compels Creative Solution: Quonset House, Anyone?

28 Dec , 2019  

The Mansfield News Journal recently ran an interesting article about lack of mid-tier housing in Mansfield (that story can be read here).  Hopefully this means that our local economy is on the upswing, as the article asserts that the housing shortage is caused by low jobless rate and low interest rates. But it also got us thinking about a time in Mansfield’s past, or – more correctly – the country’s past, when there was not enough housing for everyone. Read More

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History & Tourism

Lazarus Department Store’s Christmas Tradition Has (Tree) Roots

27 Dec , 2019  

If you grew up in this area, you may remember Christmastime at Lazarus Department Store. Although the store, located at the Richland Mall, has long ago closed and was actually re-opened as the Avita Health System’s Ontario Hospital in 2017, memories of Christmases past at Lazarus remain. A remembrance of Christmas and a local department store typically means thoughts of visiting Santa. In the case of Lazarus, though, this is also means spending some time with a talking tree. Mr. Tree, as he was generally referred to, may have frightened you as a child or fascinated you. Read More

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History & Tourism, Holidays, Literary Mansfield

Louis Bromfield And Christmas

25 Dec , 2019  

NOTE: First published  during our first Christmas in 2016, this look at Louis  Bromfield and Christmas has become an annual tradition.  We'll be running this story through Christmas Day.  A very Merry Christmas to you from 1812Blockhouse! There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays. During the period of time that Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. Read More

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