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.

Through Landmarks of Richland, we will be including venerated sites throughout the county. Some will be well known – the Big House at Malabar Farm, for instance. Others might not come to mind right away but nonetheless contribute to Richland County’s sense of place.

You may not realize it, but the county currently has 63 individual listings on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also two National Register Historic Districts, which contain multiple buildings – the Shelby Center District (downtown Shelby), and the Raemelton Farm District (current home of the Raemelton Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center). This number is likely to grow in the coming months, as additional districts are being proposed for a section of downtown Mansfield and for the central area of Plymouth (half of which lies in Richland County, and half in Huron County).

So step back on the time machine with us as we go on road trips all over Richland County. The first installment comes on Saturday, as we look at the beautiful All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Bellville.

Photo: Silas Ferrell House, Shiloh – Creative Commons License

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