History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church

10 Oct , 2019  

Approaching this spot in Sharon Township from any direction, its spire can be seen for miles as it rises majestically across the flat plains. For over 180 years, the church for the parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Shelby Settlement, also known as Bethlehem or “The Settlement,” has been a landmark of faith and family. Read More

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: President Rutherford B. Hayes

6 Oct , 2019  

This past Friday evening, hundreds convened at the corner of Sandusky and William Streets in downtown Delaware for the unveiling of a new statute of the 19th President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes. The statute looks toward the site of his birthplace. As a native son and as someone who kept connection with the city throughout his life, Hayes is a cultural icon in Delaware. Of course, the high school itself is named after the former President. Fremont is where Hayes chose to live as an adult, and the Hayes’ home, Spiegel Grove, stands to this day. It is almost certain that Hayes made several visits to Mansfield and Richland County during his life. Read More

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History & Tourism

History In South Park: Gallery

6 Oct , 2019  

The gathering at the Blockhouse in South Park continues on Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM. This event is free to the public, and includes tours of the historic Blockhouse and “new” Log Cabin, as well as musket and cannon demonstrations, 18th century cooking, blacksmithing, and bagpipes! The event is presented by Richland Early American Center for History (REACH). Read More

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History & Tourism

Give Yourself a Good Scare

5 Oct , 2019  

It’s October, so we at 1812Blockhouse are turning our thoughts to the frights and thrills that Halloween brings. We have assembled a list of area haunted houses (although, oddly enough, not one takes place in a house) to help you safely get all the scares you desire: Read More

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Kern House

4 Oct , 2019  

Prolific architect Vernon Redding, who was undoubtedly the busiest Mansfield architect in the early decades of the 20th century, designed many of the local landmarks we have profiled in this series. He was also extremely versatile, as evidenced by the wide variety of styles in which he designed residences, commercial buildings, schools, and churches. Late in the first decade of the 1900s, Redding became interested in the new Prairie School style of architecture, a movement born in the Midwest and whose most famous proponent was Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie Style emphasized horizontal lines, with residences featuring “…horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament” according to Wikipedia. Read More

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History & Tourism

History Says: Be Cautious When Voting For Mayor Of Mansfield

30 Sep , 2019  

As you can read in a current post on 1812Blockhouse, tickets are now available for the upcoming debate between the two candidates for Mayor of Mansfield. The current campaign centers on typical early 21st century concerns for a mid-sized Ohio city, including efforts to boost the local economy, address social needs, and invest in needed infrastructure. While the same types of concerns may have been on  voters’ minds 140 years ago, the Mansfield Mayoral campaign of 1879 also featured an apparent fraudster. Read More

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

More Than Spooky: A Richland October That Has Something For Everyone

29 Sep , 2019  

Although the weather might suggest otherwise, fall is here and the month of October is right around the corner. As always, October in Richland County offers something for everyone. Grab your coffee or hot apple cider, and make your plans to attend as many events as you can squeeze in. From our friends at Destination Mansfield - Richland County, here’s a rundown of festivals, fall fun, frights and more October events. Read More

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History & Tourism, Richland Recollections

Richland Recollections: Sally Huber Lanyon Reflects On The Mansfield Of Her Youth

28 Sep , 2019  

With this article, 1812Blockhouse begins a new series, Richland Recollections, that will feature remembrances of Richland County as told by those who lived here. Today’s article features Sally (Huber) Lanyon, who grew up in Mansfield in the 1950s. On Thursday, we featured an article about Sally and her upcoming return for a book signing next week at Main Street Books. She is the co-creator of Brutus Buckeye and co-author of “The Autobiography of Brutus Buckeye: As Told To His Parents.” Sally recently shared the following memories with 1812Blockhouse. It’s a great read! Read More

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History & Tourism

A Rose By Any Other Name: A Mansfield Landmark Gets A “New” History

27 Sep , 2019  

Shakespeare penned, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” conveying the idea that things which are intrinsically beautiful and meaningful could be called anything and still retain their character. Such might be the case this week at the northwest corner of Third and Mulberry Streets in downtown Mansfield. What was long assumed to be the history of the current home of the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce has a significant twist, based on brand-new research published on Thursday by the Richland County Historical Society and Oak Hill Cottage. With that information, the Dr. James W. Craig House might properly have a new surname added to its moniker. Read More

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History & Tourism

Richland Restaurants Cater To Dietary Restrictions And Nutrition Choices

24 Sep , 2019  

Destination Mansfield is working to promote restaurants and eateries that cater to those with dietary restrictions. According to their research, an estimated 1 in 10 American adults having food allergies or intolerances. Many of the local favorites, like City Grille & Bar, work with those coming in to dine by helping revise the menu options to accommodate anyone’s needs. Other restaurants, like Hudson & Essex, offer special menu items readily available for anyone to order. Read More

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History & Tourism

Malabar Hosts Heritage Days Festival

20 Sep , 2019  

Celebrate the harvest season at the 43rd annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival at Malabar Farm State Park. Hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this popular festival is one of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living-history festivals. This family event will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Read More

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History & Tourism

Society Invites Guests To Renovated Carriage House

18 Sep , 2019  

Take a few moments on Wednesday evening to experience a trip both to the past and to the future. The Richland County Historical Society is welcoming guests to the newly renovated Carriage House, across the street from Oak Hill Cottage. The facility has been transformed and now offers larger meeting space that will assist the Society with meetings and other events for years to come. Read More

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History & Tourism

Breweries And Bottlers Of Mansfield Featured In Downtown Exhibit

18 Sep , 2019  

Last year’s headlines regarding the almost-forgotten “brewery district” in downtown Mansfield, including in this story in 1812Blockhouse, led to increased interest in the history of local breweries, and at least one man had already been digging into the topic. Scott Schaut, curator of the Mansfield Memorial Museum, has been researching and gathering artifacts for several years. He plans to write a book, and currently features an exhibit titled “Breweries and Bottlers of Mansfield” at the downtown museum. Read More

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History & Tourism

New South Park Cabin Taking Shape As October Event Nears

17 Sep , 2019  

Almost three years of work, and countless hours of labor, are near an end as the “new, old” Cabin in South Park nears its first open house. On Monday morning, concrete was delivered for the base of the porch floors and posts. Open porches on the west and east sides of the structure are currently under construction, each to feature eight foot ceilings. Read More

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