All About Richland, History & Tourism

Explore The Wild In Your Own Backyard

10 Apr , 2018  

Explore the wild in your backyard! That’s the greeting on the website for the 2018 edition of Mohican Wildlife Weekend, the annual local mega celebration of all things outdoors.

The fun takes place later this month, from April 27 through April 29. More…

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History & Tourism

Easter Sunday To Feature Historic Churches On 1812Blockhouse

31 Mar , 2018  

In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse will be re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

We will be resuming our regular publication cycle first thing on Monday morning.

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History & Tourism, Landmarks of Richland

Introducing Landmarks of Richland

30 Mar , 2018  

Over the last year and a half, we have shared some stories about 34 historic buildings, monuments, and other community icons that grace the streets of Mansfield. Like you, we have learned a great deal not only about these landmarks and their builders, but also about the families that lived and worked in many of them.

We are continuing that series in the coming weeks and months, but we’re also expanding it a bit. Welcome to Landmarks of Richland. More…

History & Tourism

Kingwood Season Starts Sunday

30 Mar , 2018  

Click on image for a larger version. Our recent story on Kingwood’s 2018 season can be found here.

Photo: 1812Blockhouse

History & Tourism

Kingwood Opening For Season

26 Mar , 2018  

It’s time to celebrate the arrival of spring, even if there is a bit of cold in the air.

One of the sure signs of spring is the annual opening of the extraordinary Kingwood Center Gardens, one of the leading horticultural centers in the Midwest. This year promises to bring brand-new offerings to the traditional fare at Kingwood, which opens for the 2018 season on Easter Sunday, April 1. More…

All About Richland, History & Tourism

Area Easter Egg Hunts Continue National, Local Traditions

25 Mar , 2018  

UPDATE: MARCH 25: As promised, we have updated the list of Richland County Easter Egg hunts and festivities. See below.

The traditional White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. will be held on Monday, April 2 this year. This event has been held since 1878. You can read about the history of the Roll here on the website of the White House Historical Association.

Locally, Easter Egg hunts are mentioned in Mansfield newspapers of the early twemtieth century, primarily hosted by churches, organizations, and individuals. More…

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History & Tourism

Malabar Debuts Maple Syrup Cabin

24 Mar , 2018  

There’s a new getaway opportunity close to home.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has announced the availability for rental of the new Maple Syrup Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park. This newly renovated cabin overlooks a pond and is next to the maple sugar shack. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Get Ready For An Amazing April

21 Mar , 2018  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

April brings the promise of warmer weather and Spring fun! Explore the great outdoors during Mohican Wildlife Weekend. Open your race season at Mansfield Motor Speedway. Celebrate Passover with a dinner theater at BibleWalk. See the Destination Mansfield – Richland County calendar for more great ideas! More…

History & Tourism

Richland Roots Begins Sunday

17 Mar , 2018  

From our very first posts, 1812Blockhouse has been sharing a mixture of news and information with occasional articles on the amazing stories of this amazing place in which we live and work.

Revitalization has been a local buzzword recently. The experience of communities across the country has shown that revitalization is both achievable and sustainable if it has roots – in other words, if it speaks to the dynamic that makes a place unique and sets it apart. One word for this is “authenticity.” More…

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History & Tourism

Appleseed Center And Museum Moving And Expanding

15 Mar , 2018  

An announced move 80 miles to the southwest of Richland County is tied to the county by a common history.

One of the key locations that was home to pioneer nurseryman John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was Mansfield and north central Ohio. He lived here, owned land here, and planted apple trees and orchards here through much of his adult life. Mansfield has long claimed Johnny as one of its own. More…

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History & Tourism

Odyssey Shares “Sights To See” At OSR

9 Mar , 2018  

Consider for a moment how you would describe the Ohio State Reformatory to friends or family from out of town.

The national online news site Odyssey has done just that in its post entitled, “15 Sights to See at the Ohio State Reformatory.” More…

History & Tourism

Ohio Digital Network Launched; Richland County Items Included

7 Mar , 2018  

Last week, the State Library of Ohio announced the launch of the Ohio Digital Network.

Vintage photos of the Kingwood Center mansion’s interior are just some of the over 90,000 new materials from Ohio Digital Network which are now discoverable in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Led by the State Library of Ohio and in partnership with Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK)Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), and Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Digital Network builds on strong digital collection efforts across the state including Ohio Memory and the Ohio Digitization Hubs project. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: St. Matthew Lutheran Church

5 Mar , 2018  

This might be the first time we have posted about a Landmark of Mansfield that is currently for sale.

Such is the case with the beautiful St. Matthew Lutheran Church, which has set at the corner of Penn Avenue and Sherman Place since it opened its doors in 1917. More…

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History & Tourism

Music Lineup Announced For INKARCERATION At OSR

2 Mar , 2018  

The Ohio State Reformatory will certainly be rocking this July. On Thursday, the new INKarceration Music and Tattoo Festival unveiled its debut music lineup featuring a battery of well-known bands.

Consider this. Over 30 bands on two stages. A tattoo festival with some 70 artist booths. Food trucks. Tours of the Reformatory. Vendors and the Hellzapoppin’ rock n’ roll circus sideshow.
Bands schedule to appear include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, and many others. More…