History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Toy Hospitals And Dinosaurs At COSI

9 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. Find out more on the Destination Mansfield website.

Columbus’ venerable Center of Science and Industry (COSI) has two exhibitions over the next few weeks certain to please your younger family members.

Doc McStuffins : The Exhibit. “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” runs through January 3.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Silas Ferrell House, Shiloh

6 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s not unusual for the most successful merchant in one of Ohio’s numerous small cities and villages to have built the most architecturally sophisticated house in town.

Such was the case in Shiloh, where the owner of the general store, who also owned an agricultural equipment factory and grain elevator, built a wonderful house on East Main Street about 1880.

It is also not unusual for these types of properties to be used in subsequent decades as funeral homes. In the case of the Silas Ferrell House, it became the location for the McQuate Funeral Home.

The house sits at 25 East Main Street. More…

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History & Tourism

It Happened In Richland County: The Great Cattle Stampede Of 1812

3 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In this series on 1812Blockhouse, which we call “It Happened in Richland County,” we share stories about the county’s past that might bring a tear to your eye or a smile to your face. Each happened right here.

We begin with a tale from the fall of 1812, when Richland County was brand new and a rather dangerous place. Skirmishes between British, Native American, and American troops were commonplace.

Ohio Governor Meigs issued a call for able bodied men to come to the aid of settlers in the frontier regions of the state. Enter a band of Ohio Volunteer Militia led by General Reasin Beall who gathered together at Wooster. Soon alarmed by news that two Richland County families had been killed by members of the Delaware tribe, Beall’s army soon headed west.

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History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Celebrate The Centennial Of The Shoe

1 Nov , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. Find out more on the Destination Mansfield website,

Calling all scarlet and gray hearted Buckeye football fans – here’s a chance to indulge in the history of the remarkable tradition that is Ohio State football.

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Ohio Stadium, a place affectionately known as “the ‘Shoe.” To celebrate that milestone, The Ohio State University is showcasing that history in an exhibit on display in the Thompson Library.

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History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Mansfield’s Glessner Avenue

31 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Glessner Avenue was named in honor of a Mansfield newspaper man who was a towering local figure in local business and civic affairs.

His name was John Y. Glessner.

Glessner was originally from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, which is where he started in the media business when he and his brother purchased a local paper. Moving first to St. Clairsville in southeast Ohio and then to Columbus, Glessner came to Mansfield in 1841.

From that time until his death in 1882, he owned and published the Richland County Shield and Banner. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Mysterious Shooting Of Jack Sturges

27 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

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. More…

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History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Christmas Is Right Around The Corner

27 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. Find out more on the Destination Mansfield website.

OK, 1812Blockhouse readers. The time has come to mention the holiday that begins with the letter “C.”

Today’s Fall Road Trip idea marks the beginning of what is sure to be a number of holiday-related posts as north central Ohio celebrates the season. It is taking place at the I-X Center in suburban Cleveland, which is on the southwest side of town and an easy day trip from Mansfield and Richland County.

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History & Tourism

Oak Hill Gaslight Tour This Friday

26 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

What better place to experience the thrills and chills of the Halloween season than a dimly-lit historic Victorian era house?

Interested? A Gaslight Tour will take place at the venerable Oak Hill Cottage this Friday from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Visit Oak Hill at night in this unique October tour.

Reserve by phone message at 419-524-1765 with date choice and your contact information. $5 Adults, $1 Children 12 and under. Tour starts at 7:30 PM only.

Regular tours at Oak Hill take place April through December on Sundays, 2 PM to 5 PM and by appointment weekdays.

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: First English Lutheran Church

23 Oct , 2022  

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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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: The Tubbs-Sourwine House

19 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The local Plymouth landmark known as the Tubbs-Sourwine House has long had a connection with the rail line it faces.

Constructed on a rise at 49 Railroad Street between 1867 and 1870, it was originally the home of Henry Bitley Tubbs and Eve Reed Tubbs. More…

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