History & Tourism

Christmas Ghosts To Congregate At Oak Hill Cottage

22 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Oak Hill Cottage “Ghosts” will gather once again this year for an annual lighthearted soiree at the old mansion on the hill.

The evening event on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 PM to 7 PM introduces the public to the characters who have made Oak Hill their home; from the Robinsons who built the house in 1847, the wealthy Jones family of the late Victorian age, down to the daughters of Dr. Jones who made it a center of social life in the early 1900s.

This year’s “Ghosts of Christmas Past” event will not form guests up into groups because of Covid precautions, and visitors will be sent through the house as they arrive. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under, paid at the door.

Oak Hill Cottage is a circ 1847 gothic revival mansion built by J. R. Robinson, a local entrepreneur. His empire of railroad, milling, and mining interests took him away from Mansfield at the time of the Civil War, and the Dr. Jones family, whose furnishings still fill the house, moved in by 1864 and occupied Oak Hill for the next 101 years.

The Richland County Historical Society purchased the house in 1965, restored it, and opened it in 1984 as a house museum.

Source: Richland County Historical Society

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