History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part One

14 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Shortly before his death in 1909, a husband, a Mansfield native, and wife from Chicago boarded a train and headed south, their destination a relatively new place of higher education in rural Alabama. The couple was no stranger to southern life, having spent years living in Arkansas some three decades before. On this occasion, however, the man was leaving behind a set of business difficulties and accepting a position which had been offered to him by a long-time friend. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: St. John’s United Church of Christ

9 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a building that has had a close relationship with two successive versions of the Richland County Courthouse.

When St. John’s Evangelical Church, now St. John’s United Church of Christ, was built between 1910 and 1912, it was towered over by the Victorian era Courthouse, its next door neighbor to the west. Across the street was a smaller church, designated in maps of the era as the “First United Brethren Church.”

After the demolition of the history courthouse in the 1960s, St. John’s suddenly appeared for travelers driving eastbound on Park Avenue East.

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History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Experience All Hallows Eve

8 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re going to add 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.

You are invited this month to do back in time to a nineteenth-century Halloween experience.

Enjoy an evening of 1890s-style family fun at All Hallows’ Eve, with a retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by the bonfire, pumpkin carving and strange characters roaming Ohio Village, located next to the Ohio History Center off of I 71 in Columbus.

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History & Tourism, Shelby

Is There A Doctor For The House?

7 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Owners of older houses and buildings in Shelby can benefit from a doctor’s visit next week.

That’s the Building Doctor, to be specific, a program of the Ohio Historic Preservation Office in Columbus.

It’s an opportunity to learn about how to preserve important elements of a property that give it character, including maintenance and repair issues, masonry problems, new additions, roofs and drainage, and wood and painting. Think of it as a free, in-person This Old House show.

The seminar is free. It will take place at 7 PM at Shelby High School and is sponsored by the City of Shelby Historic Preservation Commission.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Downtown Mansfield Historic District

4 Oct , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It would come as no surprise that a good number of previous Landmarks of Mansfield posts are located in downtown Mansfield, an area that has been a social, economic, and civic hub for well over 200 years.

While the central part of the city has seen tremendous change, and while important pieces of local and state history have been lost over the years, a good deal of historic fabric remains. As such, it can rightfully considered a landmark in its own right.

This was the conclusion of the National Park Service, which designed a section of downtown as a National Register Historic District back in 2019.

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History & Tourism

There’s Nothing Like A Richland County October!

3 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Kingwood Center Gardens undergoes a fall transformation, the Mansfield Art Center hosts the first annual Crow Festival, and the much-anticipated Escape from Blood Prison opens as the only haunted house held in a real prison. Whether you’re seeking wholesome family fun or all things that go bump in the night, you’ll find it in this month’s October Happenings & Events.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see Kingwood Center Gardens transformed by over 1,000 glowing Jack O’ Lanterns during the annual Great Pumpkin Glow (Oct. 21-23). You’ll find plenty of photo ops, food trucks and live music. Timed tickets are required so purchase those now so you don’t miss out.

Community Pumpkin Carving will be held on Oct. 19th & 20th for those able to lend a hand. No creativity required, all tools and templates will be provided.

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History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Adam J. Endly House

30 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Over the last four years, 1812Blockhouse shared over 50 posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield and Landmarks of Richland County series. We have enjoyed focusing on pieces of local history which continue to provide context, a sense of place, and useful space in the early 21st century.

Of course, many pieces of history which could have been preserved have been lost.

One true survivor is a former residence which represents one of the oldest buildings in downtown Mansfield. It sits proudly but somewhat forlornly on the south side of West Fourth Street west of Mulberry Street. When it was built, it would have been one of the largest buildings in town. Today, it presents a remarkable opportunity to preserve a bit of pre-Civil War Mansfield.

We are continuing to doresearch so that we can present a more thorough Landmark of Mansfield post in the future about the house at 103 West Fourth Street. More…

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History & Tourism

Fall Road Trips: Autumn Colors Everywhere, Including Right Here At Home

28 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Magazine’s most recent edition has highlighted places across the state where the bright colors of fall make their presence known.

Included are a selection of both arboretums and botanical gardens in all corners of Ohio, each displayed fall foliage in plentiful supply. Many also provide an opportunity for a day trip from Richland County, with recommended stops as close as Wooster, Newark, Fremont, and Columbus.

No such review could be complete, of course, without a mention of one of the Midwest’s finest public gardens right here at home. The article, entitled Ohio Arboretums and Botanical Gardens to Visit this Fall by Macy Kile, Sarah Miller, Emma Shinker, Rebecca Vernak, and Krista Willis says this about Kingwood Center Gardens:

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: Lee Adams, Tony Award Winning Lyricist

27 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today’s subject is one of those with a national reputation as well as being a native Mansfielder. And, if you have ever heard and enjoyed songs like “Put On a Happy Face” or “Applause,” you are in his debt.

Lee Adams was born in 1924 and grew up locally, graduating from Mansfield Senior before going on to The Ohio State University and Columbia University. More…

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History & Tourism

Travel To The Past This Weekend In South Park

26 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The past will come alive in Mansfield’s South Park this October as REACH (Richland Early American Center for History) presents its Fourth Annual American Heritage Days.

Join REACH members on October 1 and 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM to discover what it was like to live in early America during the 18th and 19th centuries from living historical reenactors.

Throughout the day there will be speakers, military battles, 18th century blanket traders and vendors, Indian artifacts and old firearms display in the blockhouse, 18th century cooking in the cabin over an open hearth, blacksmithing and rope making in the blacksmith shop.

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