History & Tourism

A Day In Shiloh

15 Oct , 2020  

In Richland County, you don’t have to go far to get away from city life. If you follow Route 13 North out of the city of Mansfield, you’ll quickly leave behind the trappings of urban and suburban living. With the city in your rearview mirror, the beautiful tapestry of fields, farmland, and rolling hills of Shiloh unfolds before you. Ahead is a region of bounty and slow country living. You’ll see horses and buggies, clothes hanging out on the line, and farm stands filled with the pick of the day. More…

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History & Tourism

Raining More RUBYs For Richland

14 Oct , 2020  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Destination Mansfield – Richland County win Ohio awards

The Ohio Travel Association (OTA) produces the RUBY Awards for one reason and one reason only – to provide their members with the opportunity to showcase their value to their communities. In 2020, the OTA awards team threw out the drawing board, reshaped the awards program to fit the times and demonstrate the importance and impact of Ohio’s travel industry during this time. And two local entries won awards: Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and Destination Mansfield-Richland County.

“Excellent resides in Richland County,” says Lee Tasseff, Destination Mansfield –Richland County President. “And every day that excellence is leveraged into positive attention, an influx of money to the area, and for its residents, a better quality of life.” More…

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History & Tourism

More Than Pumpkins: Enjoy October In Richland County

4 Oct , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Fall is here and more and more events are being added to our calendar. This October, you have a chance to see your choice of live performance indoors and on stage, create art in a new stained glass studio, get your heart racing with blood-chilling scares, and shop till you drop while supporting local artisans, artists, crafters, small businesses, and more!

Live arts are finally back on stage! At the Renaissance Theatre, watch the stage musical Cabaret (Oct 2-4, 9-11), or the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Mash-Up (Oct 17). The films Hocus Pocus (Oct 24), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct 31) will also be shown on the main stage. If you’re not ready to head indoors for entertainment yet, all events will also be screened simultaneously outside in the Ren Backlot. Now you can choose between watching inside or from the comfort of your vehicle or camp chairs in the parking lot. At the Mansfield Playhouse, catch a performance of the stage play, The Savannah Sipping Society (Oct 23, 24, 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2). More…

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History & Tourism

A Super September Is Here

1 Sep , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

The Dog Days of Summer are coming to an end, which means it’s time to say hello to cooler temperatures and usher in Fall. On our September calendar, you’ll find some fan-favorite events, the chance to learn more about local history, and plenty of arts & entertainment.

Some fan-favorite events are still on the calendar! Tickets are officially on sale for the Acura Sports Car Challenge (Sept 25-27) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Get ready to shop till you drop, the beloved Prairie Peddler Marketplace is still set for September and October (Sept 26-27, Oct 3-4) in Butler, Ohio. New guidelines will be in place to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time at the festival. More…

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History & Tourism

Camping Is Cool In Richland County

28 Aug , 2020  

From the great folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Cool night air and sleeping under the stars. Cooking over an open fire and roasting marshmallows. Connecting with family and disconnecting from the hustle and grind of our daily schedules. Camping helps us get in touch with the land and our inner explorer as we let weather and our whims control our days. It’s a full sensory experience with sounds, sights, and smells all its own. Camping reacquaints us with stars, with slow, with dirt. When we’re camping we hit reset. We rest. We play. We restore.

It’s no secret, we love camping in Richland County. We love sitting by the fire, talking until the embers die out. We love camp coffee and restarting the fire on a cool morning. Everyone does camping a little different so we have several different places we love to camp in Richland County… More…

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History & Tourism

Gotta Love Richland Diners

10 Aug , 2020  

Affordable American comfort food and breakfast all day. Familiar faces and eating at the counter. Bottomless coffee and a slice of Americana.

Diners are a staple of every community’s dining scene and every local has their personal favorite. Many regular customers feel at home in our diners and get to know the owners and servers by name. We might be biased, but our diners hold a special place in our heart. Here’s why we love our local diners…

Diners are an American tradition. Many of the earliest diners in America were built in refurbished rail cars. In keeping with this tradition, Buckeye Express Diner in Bellville, OH is located inside a refurbished train complete with an old steam engine, dining car, and caboose. This locomotive eatery sits high on a hill to beckon hungry travelers on Interstate-71 with the promise of diner food and Ohio State Buckeyes themed decor. Buckeye Express breaks with diner tradition in that it doesn’t serve breakfast, but you will find American classics galore on its wide menu. Locals and travelers alike keep coming back to this diner for the hefty burgers and their homemade fries. More…

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Featured, History & Tourism

Have An Awesome August in Richland County

3 Aug , 2020  

From our great friends at Destination Mansield – Richland County. If you are looking for the latest on events and attractions in Richland County and the area, visit their great website here.

No matter what back-to-school will look like for your family, there is still plenty of socially-distanced summer fun to be had in Richland County. Watch as racing returns to Mid-Ohio, enjoy drive-in entertainment, shop Ohio’s Longest Yard Sale, explore historic mansions, and more. More…

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Explore Richland County Like A Visitor

9 Jul , 2020  

Each year, thousands and thousands of visitors flock to Mansfield and Richland County, many from hundreds of miles away. They come to explore our great outdoors, to pedal our bike trail. They hunt ghosts, watch races, stop to smell the flowers, and immerse themselves in the #1 rated movie (according to IMBD) of all time and follow the Shawshank Trail Driving Tour. Before COVID-19 hit, visitors wanted to experience a destination as locals. They booked AirBnB’s to stay in houses or apartments, ate where residents love to eat, enjoyed local arts, music, and life the local way.

Now, tourism has somewhat flipped backward as a sizeable percentage of people won’t stray far from home this summer. We promote our great attractions to people around the world all year long, but this summer we invite residents to enjoy what’s in your own backyard like those thousands of visitors do. More…

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History & Tourism

Local Fun, Food, And Festivities This July

30 Jun , 2020  

From: Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Summer is here, and while our summers may be looking a little different this year, there are events for everyone’s comfort level on our calendar. Thousands and thousands of visitors make road trips to our area each year, but many visitors are staying close to home this year. This could be the best summer to explore like a visitor in your own backyard since our attractions, restaurants, and stores need local support more than ever. These events are a great way to fill your summer with fun and help our local businesses thrive again. More…

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History & Tourism

June Will Be Just Fine In Richland County

1 Jun , 2020  

By: Destination Mansfield – Richland County; 1812Blockhouse Staff

Across Richland County, there is a yearning for places that make life seem normal to reopen, combined with a realization that as they do so, they will be taking steps to safeguard the health of visitors and patrons.

With this in mind, our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County have  put together a post of monthly event highlights, the first in some time. We are happy to share this list of June events with you:

Now that Ohio has started to open, both virtual and in-person events are now returning to our calendar. Many of our member businesses have had to close their doors during the quarantine, but we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they reopen their doors to the public. More…

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History & Tourism

Clean Is The New Green

27 May , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Everyone used to talk about their “green” initiatives. Now we’re all talking about our “clean” initiatives. As the tourism industry opens, one segment at a time, our museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, and recreation options are armed with robust cleaning procedures and are getting ready for visitors and locals alike.

The Destination Mansfield-Richland County staff spent March and April reaching out to a large sample of members to hear how they plan to keep visitors safe. We asked about new cleanliness routines and learned how many of our members will be changing how they do business. Our local businesses are pioneers in this new environment, and they have stepped up to the plate to meet these challenges and build consumer confidence in our tourism product. More…

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All About Richland

Destination Mansfield’s Efforts To Support Local Businesses Draw Attention

18 Apr , 2020  

The hospitality industry has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic like few others. On Friday, the United Nations World Tourism Organization released results of a survey where it was found that a staggering 96% of all tourism destinations worldwide now have travel restrictions in place. In the United States, that number stands at 92%.

Sometimes, even in the midst of anticipated difficulty, creative organizations can turn on a dime and focus on ways to fulfill their mission despite challenges.

Such is the case locally with Destination Mansfield – Richland County, and their efforts in making lemonade out of lemons has caught the attention of the media in another Ohio community. More…

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History & Tourism

Support The Local Artisans Who Make Up The Wine & Ale Trail

3 Apr , 2020  

We join the Destination Mansfield-Richland County in thanking the Wine & Ale Trail stops  for adjusting to all the changes happening around us and for keeping their doors open. Wineries, breweries, and wine bars are so important to our community for the quality of life they create with great wine, beer, and food. While we can’t stop by for dinner, drinks and live music, we hope you will join us in supporting our local artisans and small businesses during the stay-at-home order. More…

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History & Tourism

COVID-19 Travel Information For Mansfield & Richland County

15 Mar , 2020  

The great folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County are keenly aware of the different ways in which the present public health situation is impacting, and will likely continue to impact the remarkable tourism industry in Richland County and for Richland Countians..

To that end, they have shared the following overview in response to those potential changes: More…

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All About Richland

Celebrate Spring With March Activities

29 Feb , 2020  

In Richland County, we have had a fairly mild winter but today – with snow still on the ground – we can turn our eyes gratefully toward the promise of spring. Warmer temperatures and green grass are on the horizon and so are lots of great events in March to check out. Here’s a list compiled by Destination Mansfield – Richland County intern, Maisee  Fried. More…