History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Tall Ships And A Giant Rubber Duck

22 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc. We call these “Summer Road Trips.”

Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Would you like to see The World’s Largest Rubber Duck?

Here’s your chance.

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Lucky State Route 13

20 Jun , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s State Route 13 is actually rather lucky. It may have changed a bit in its over-90-year history, but it has maintained its designation and general trajectory in that entire period of time.

It’s lucky as well as it traverses Richland County from north to south (and vice versa), running through Mansfield and Bellville along the way. More…

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History & Tourism

The Mansfield Tornado Of 1894

16 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Early in May, 1894, newspapers across the country, from Maine to California, carried a small news item originating in Mansfield, Ohio.

The brief post shared news of a tornado which struck here a few days before, leaving destruction in its wake and downed power lines everywhere.

Sound familiar?

On the evening of Saturday, April 28, the skies started to glow yellow in the northwest, suggesting that something significant was coming weather-wise. At about 7:00 PM, the storm hit with its full force striking the north part of the city.

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History & Tourism

Ohio Bird Sanctuary Offering Keeper Talks In New Treehouse Classroom; Take A Virtual Tour

14 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On summer Sunday afternoons, you have the opportunity to sit among the trees and learn about our feathered friends.

Join the Ohio Bird Sanctuary staff in the new Treehouse Classroom for the new Keeper Talks, an educational encounter with some of the Sanctuary’s “residents.” This fun experience is available to 20 attendees each Sunday at 1:00 PM, and requires registration.

Cost is $3 per person and anyone under 2 years old is free. Tickets are only available for purchase on site on the day of a given presentation.

Contact information for hours and registration can be done here.

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Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Gurney-Kochheiser House

12 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It was the latest fad in the last decades of the 19th century throughout the Midwest, and particularly in Ohio.

Tired of rigid and formulaic approaches, houses and commercial buildings in the Italianate style sprouted up along the streets of Richland County communities.

This Victorian-era style that began in Britain and spread around the world favored the use of architectural elements from a romanticized past to create buildings that offered an alternative to the prevailing formality of classical architecture. You can easily recognize them by their wide eaves supported by brackets.

Such was the case in Bellville, where one was built to house the family of an enterprising hardware store merchant who wore other “hats” as well. More…

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History & Tourism

Vintage Mansfield Photo Collection Accessible Online

9 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through a partnership with the Cleveland Memory Project, an online location for thousands of Cleveland area photographs sponsored by the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University, the Mansfield Richland County Public Library has set out to connect Mansfielders with their past.

To that end, the MRCPL is in the process of uploading over 1,000 images housed in the Library’s Sherman Room. The project is an ongoing one, although many have already been added to the site. The main page of the MRCPL Collection can be accessed by clicking here. From that page, the entire local collection can be searched or browsed.

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Dinosaur Island Now Open At Columbus Zoo

6 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc.

Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today we’re heading again to the Columbus area for a new treat for youngsters.

The ever-popular Dinosaur Island is back from extinction and is now open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: A Photographer Of War And The West: Part Two

1 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

We’re continuing our look at the life and work of native Richland Countian Stanley J. Morrow, who was born near Bellville in 1843 and who was trained by famed Civil War photographer Mathew Brady.

Stanley Morrow’s studio in Yankton, Dakota Territory did well. So well, in fact, that Morrow soon opened a branch operation across the Missouri River in Nebraska. Still, he had a sense of adventure, perhaps cultivated in his Civil War experience. Over time, that sense led him to leave the family home and studio and travel westward; each time, he left his wife in charge of the local operation which continued to thrive.Over the next decade, Morrow became an important documenter of the American West, photographing Native Americans, forts, agencies, and military expeditions. In at least two instances, he took photographs of important places in the “Sioux Wars” of the late nineteenth century.

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: A Photographer Of War And The West: Part One

31 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Updated 5.30.22. 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. Among those is a man who learned his trade under extraordinary circumstances, and then used that training to create an important record that survives to this day.

Born near Bellville in 1843, Stanley Julius Morrow’s childhood years were contemporaneous with the rise of photography in the United States. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: What’s New At The Columbus Arts Festival

30 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Columbus Arts Festival

Welcome back to Summer Road Trips for 2022!

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc.

Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today we’re highlighting the return of one of central Ohio’s traditional events — the Columbus Arts Festival.

While many favorite artists, local bands, hands-on activities and food vendors return to the Columbus Arts Festival, there are always new things to discover at the welcome to summer event presented by the American Electric Power Foundation and produced by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council). Here are some of the adventures in store for the more than 450,000 guests coming to the 2022 festival, June 10-12:

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History & Tourism

Memorial Day, Mansfield, 1896

30 May , 2022  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield was a bustling place in 1896, with a population of approximately 17,000. On Saturday, May 30, the community came together to celebrate Memorial Day.

First known nationally as “Decoration Day,” the term “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Mansfield-Born Painter Charles Henry Harmon

25 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Around the turn of the last century, a prolific landscape painter gained a foothold in capturing the scenes of a changing western landscape.

That said, Charles Henry Harmon’s life began hundreds of miles to the east, right here in Richland County.

Born in Mansfield in 1859, he was the son of lawyer George B. and Clara Harmon. By the mid 1870s the family had relocated from Ohio to the sunnier confines of San Jose, California. 

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History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: The Good Witch Of The North

22 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Certain Hollywood actors and actresses who have had long and successful careers are largely remembered for a single role.

Such might be the case for actress Billie Burke, whose career spanned over four decades. It began with a stage appearance in London where she had toured with her father, a clown for Barnum & Bailey Circus, and included Broadway shows, movies, and plays. Her final film was released in 1960.

In 1910 she made a trip to Ohio. More specifically, she came to Mansfield to appear at the Memorial Opera House, which was attached to the Soldiers and Sailors Building on Park Avenue West. One of her first Broadway plays, Mrs. Dot, had run at the Lyceum Theatre on 45th Street in New York City from January to March, after which the company appeared for a short time in Washington. D.C. at the New National Theatre.

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History & Tourism, Schools

Two Mansfield High Graduations, 150 Years Apart

20 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s been more than a few changes between June 28, 1872 and May 21, 2022, dates that saw or will see Mansfielders graduate from high school.

In the 1870 census, two years before the first of those dates, Mansfield’s population was recorded at 8,029, itself a rather hefty 75.3% increase from the number ten years before. In September, three months after the graduation ceremony, Mansfield hosted the Ohio State Fair – the first of two consecutive years the Fair was held here.

The ten graduates of Mansfield High School graduated in style in June 1872. Then, like now, music was a large part of the ceremony, with choruses, solos, and a duet singing “In The Starlight” entertaining those in the packed Miller’s Hall. It was said that hundreds were standing outside, unable to enter.

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

19 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

The Ohioana Library Association has said this new program will connect readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. More…

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