History & Tourism

Support The Local Artisans Who Make Up The Wine & Ale Trail

3 Apr , 2020  

We join the Destination Mansfield-Richland County in thanking the Wine & Ale Trail stops  for adjusting to all the changes happening around us and for keeping their doors open. Wineries, breweries, and wine bars are so important to our community for the quality of life they create with great wine, beer, and food. While we can’t stop by for dinner, drinks and live music, we hope you will join us in supporting our local artisans and small businesses during the stay-at-home order. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Silas M. Douglas House

31 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Richland Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1812Blockhouse back in June 2017:

This stately home on Park Avenue West was built by a man with a sterling reputation in the community.

His name was Silas Marion Douglas, but around Mansfield he was commonly referred to as “Judge Douglas.” He was born in January, 1853 in Monroe Township, Richland County, and was a graduate of both Heidelberg College in Tiffin and the Cincinnati Law College. More…

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Experience The American Revolution – Virtually

30 Mar , 2020  

With a large percentage of Richland Countians now at home, we thought we’d expand our “In Our Backyard” series with an opportunity to indulge in an interesting tour a bit further afield.

First, though, a question, particularly for you history lovers. What neighboring county is home to the site of the one of the last three open field battles of the American Revolutionary War period?

Here are a couple more clues. The battle involved troops led by a childhood friend of General George Washington, and the hero of the skirmish was the only member of Russian nobility known to have fought in America’s fight for independence.

The Battle of Olentangy took place on June 6, 1782 in the fields of Crawford County between Bucyrus, Crestline, and Galion. Furthermore, the colonial soliders reached that site by going through Richland County. That’s right — this part of Ohio has direct connections to the story of the American Revolution. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Man Who Followed Lewis And Clark

24 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Richland Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1812Blockhouse back in early 2019:

Over the last two centuries, Richland County has produced a remarkable set of individuals who have led lives of discovery. In the nineteenth century, that included men and women who traveled west where they were engaged in the exploration of areas of the country that were not then well known to Americans.

Once such individual was Olin Dunbar Wheeler. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Introducing Mansfielder General James S. Robinson

21 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Richland Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1812Blockhouse back in late 2018:

Throughout its history, 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 we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here. More…

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History & Tourism, Sports

Mansfield’s Baseball Broadcasting Pioneer

19 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Richland Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1812Blockhouse back in 2017:

The 2017 season of “America’s Favorite Pastime” is well underway. What better time to share the story of a key figure in radio broadcasting history – and particularly baseball broadcasting — who made Mansfield his home? More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Bromfield In Paris

17 Mar , 2020  

Publisher’s Note: Realizing that many Richland Countians are now working from home or forced to remain there due to self-quarantining or reduced travel, we are sharing stories from our archives, and adding some new ones, over the next few weeks in what we hope will be occasional diversions from coronavirus worries. This post was published by 1812Blockhouse back on July 14, 2018:

Today marks Bastille Day in France, commemorating the 229th anniversary of the storming of the famous prison in Paris. In honor of that event, and of France’s upcoming World Cup soccer final match on Sunday, we thought we would join north central Ohio and north central France for a special story today. More…

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History & Tourism

COVID-19 Travel Information For Mansfield & Richland County

15 Mar , 2020  

The great folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County are keenly aware of the different ways in which the present public health situation is impacting, and will likely continue to impact the remarkable tourism industry in Richland County and for Richland Countians..

To that end, they have shared the following overview in response to those potential changes: More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield On The Map: The Beginning

9 Mar , 2020  

Editor’s Note: In early 2017, 1812Blockhouse published posts looking at the history of Mansfield and Richland County as that history is revealed on maps – maps of the area, county, and nation. We are repeating those posts this spring and adding to them with additional maps and local history.

Students of local lore will know that the city of had its origins in June of 1808 when the Hedges, Newman, and Larwell families platted a settlement and named it for US Surveyor General Jared Mansfield. More…

History & Tourism

Travel Channel Paranormal Show Airing OSR Episode

6 Mar , 2020  

Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Travel Channel’s paranormal reality show

The fascination with conspiracy theories and other-worldly tales is bound to grow tenfold with Travel Channel’s latest ‘Portals to Hell’. The show is known for its elaborate investigations of the spookiest historical locations in the country. Ideally, the show explores various interesting spots that are a hotbed of supernatural happenings, presenting them to be passages to hell.

History & Tourism

A Postcard To The Architect

2 Mar , 2020  

Timing sometimes comes into play here at 1812Blockhouse. This weekend, the serendipity was startling and a wee bit mysterious.

On Sunday, we ran our latest post in the Landmarks of Mansfield series, this one focusing on the beautiful Mansfield Savings Bank Building at the corner of Fourth and Main. That same afternoon, an 1812 reader — in fact, the sister of the Publisher of 1812Blockhouse — happened to be looking through a box of family photographs which were interspersed with paper “ephemera,” that is, announcements and news clippings and, as it turns out, postcards. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Women’s Suffrage And Children’s Illustrator Emily Hall Chamberlin

23 Feb , 2020  

Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world over the last 106 years. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

As the country moves toward the centennial of women first voting in a presidential election, we profile a native Richland Countian who contribute in her own unique way to achieving that end. Unfortunately, she never saw the fruits of her work, dying at the young age of 40. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland County Tourism Destinations Offering New Experiences In 2020

20 Feb , 2020  

Richland County already has an amazing lineup of tourism and visitor destinations, and several of those attractions are introducing exciting new experiences this year. Whether you have visited these places before or haven’t yet, put them on your list of 2020 Must Visit Locations.

Garden Gateway at Kingwood Center Gardens

The new Garden Gateway will transform the visitor experience at the historic garden estate of Kingwood Center Gardens. The Garden Gateway will feature an auto garden, a visitor center, and updated garden areas. More…

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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. More…

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