History & Tourism

September Events & Happenings

3 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Search for bigfoot, take a peek inside Mansfield’s architectural gems not normally open to the public, and sip Ohio wines while strolling the grounds of Kingwood Center Gardens.  Summer may be officially over, but the fun events keep going with Mansfield’s September happenings and events!

Attend the Kingwood Wine Walk on September 10th and sample wines from around Ohio, listen to live music, and munch on tasty morsels from the on-site food trucks.

The Prairie Peddler Festival returns on September 24 & 25. This large artisan show is held in the rolling hills of Butler, featuring delicious food, live music and over 200 exhibitors peddling their hand-made wares in this outdoor marketplace.

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All About Richland

Mansfield: Where Roots Run Deep And Wide

15 Aug , 2022  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Mansfield is a place whose personality, present and future, cannot be separated from its past. To truly know this city, you must first get acquainted with its history because Mansfield’s roots run deep and wide.

The Wellspring of Richland County

Mansfield is the heart of Richland County and home to both a literal and metaphorical wellspring — a city that sprang up from nothing but forested wilderness on the American frontier. In 1808, the city’s founders chose an unusual spot to settle: a picturesque hilltop flanked by forks of the Mohican River. For settlers, a water source was often the primary factor for choosing a location to put down roots. Most settled in locations near rivers, but this hilltop had a unique water source and high elevation which made it quite preferable to the mosquito-plagued lowlands of the Black Fork River. The Big Spring, a natural spring an easy walk from the square (now Mansfield’s Central Park), provided early Mansfielders with an endless supply of cool water straight from the earth for the necessities of life of the frontier. More…

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History & Tourism

A Day In Plymouth: One Historic Town, Two Counties

11 Aug , 2022  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield, with links and photos from 1812Blockhouse:

The Village of Plymouth is one of the oldest communities in Richland County.

A bit of an anomaly, the community of settlers sprang up along a military road and former Wyandot trail, now Ohio 603, in the early 1800s and grew into a village before Ohio’s official county lines were determined. When Richland County’s northern border was drawn along the Forty-First Parallel, the village which was then called Paris, was split between Richland and Huron counties. It was at this time in 1838, that Paris and rechartered as Plymouth. More…

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History & Tourism

Colors And Corners Of A Richland August

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Classic cars, vintage planes, and country music take center stage in August in Mansfield.  The month is also for fairs, festivals, and one last hurrah before the kids head back to school! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store thanks to our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Festivals Galore

For local flavor, enjoy the Richland County Fair (Aug 7-13), an event some in the community look forward to year-round for the rides and the fair food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock shows & sales and support those who participate in the Junior Fair.

What says summer better than blueberries?  The Lexington Blueberry Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year featuring amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car and bike show, a pageant, a 5K, and, of course, blueberries!

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All About Richland

July In Richland County

26 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Summer is heating up and we have rounded up some of the most sizzling July happenings taking place in Mansfield and Richland County! July offers a rock legend art exhibit, a chance to break a line dance record, live motorsports, a music and tattoo festival, and favorite 4th of July celebrations all over the area.

Hot events you won’t want to miss include John Mellencamp Paintings and Assemblages at the Mansfield Art Center, The Boot Life® Block Party (July 1) with live music from The Swon Brothers and Mac Powell, and a chance to help set a new line dance record. How fun is that?

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All About Richland

Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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History & Tourism

Richland In April

6 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

April is full of fun events, so get your calendar ready. From Mohican Wildlife Weekend to Ghost Walks at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory to a visit from the Easter Bunny, Spring is truly here!

Attractions, concerts, annual events abound

Don’t miss the Making Scents: the Art and Passion of Fragrance exhibit at Kingwood Center! This exhibit will conclude at the end of April.

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History & Tourism

Spring Into Spring With A Richland County March

2 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Cabin fever is supposed to be behind us but with the taste of spring we experienced earlier this week, you may be more eager to get out of the house and explore more than ever! Don’t worry, from St. Patrick’s Day events to Murder Mystery Dinners to the Maple Syrup Festival at Malabar Farm, here’s the lowdown on Mansfield area happenings.

Instant Replay

If you thought you missed your chance to learn about the science of scent at Kingwood Center or the opportunity to immerse yourself in glass blowing at the Mansfield Art Center, you’ll be thrilled to know that both Making Scents: the Art and Passion of Fragrance and the Trail of Tears exhibits continue through March.

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History & Tourism

Have A Fantastic February Close To Home

10 Feb , 2022  

Who said there’s nothing to do in the winter? February is the time to learn something new! We’ve got you covered with events for Black History Month, an epic blown glass exhibit at the Mansfield Art Center and a brand-new fragrance exhibit at Kingwood Center Gardens. You’ll also find sweetheart hikes in our local parks and so much more to entice you to get out of your house and explore Richland County during the month of February.

Shop Local

Start the month by supporting local businesses and get a jump on buying that special someone a Valentine’s Day gift.  Get fresh finds at downtown stores, the perfect bottle of wine or brew from our Wine & Ale Trail sites, or a gift card at a favorite attraction around Mansfield and Richland County.

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History & Tourism

Local Attractions Offer Virtual Tours

14 Nov , 2021  

Several local attractions have brought their tours to them. Visitors can now explore “inside” Richland County attractions and exhibitions from the comfort and safety of their home.

The Ohio State Reformatory Virtual Tour Experience

Each year, thousands of visitors flock to the Ohio State Reformatory to explore this decommissioned prison, relive the beloved film The Shawshank Redemption, and hunt for paranormal experiences in its haunted halls. Now visitors can explore the Ohio State Reformatory in a stunning 360-degree virtual tour. Visitors can access the tour with an Annual Membership, starting at $29, or they can purchase a 24-hour pass for just $5. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

One Region, Many Downtowns

17 Sep , 2021  

By Ruth Corradi Beach

Beyond its county seat, Richland County is a land rich in small communities. From rural to suburban, each town has its own personality and attractions worth a day trip.

Slow down and enjoy the beauty of the countryside by visiting the villages of LucasPlymouth and Shiloh, and the charming community of Olivesburg. Here you’ll find an old-school general store, museums celebrating local history and quaint bed & breakfasts.

Nestled in the rolling hills of southeast Richland County, Butler attracts outdoor enthusiasts. This town marks the start of the Richland B & O Trail, perfect for bikers and walkers. Dive deeper into nature on the Clear Fork Valley Scenic Trail as you hike through an old-growth forest, past prairies and waterfalls. Kick back at The Whiffletree Restaurant or stroll up to the counter at Five Points Drive-In for shakes, floats and more summer favorites.

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History & Tourism

Travel Richland Trails

4 Sep , 2021  

By Wendy Pramik, Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Whether on foot, wheel or hoof, you’ll find adventure all around the Mansfield area. Trek at your own pace along one of Destination Mansfield – Richland County’s organized trails. We’ve made it easy for you to chart your course, and you’re welcome to mix and match stops for a customized experience.

Wine & Ale Trail

For a drink with a side of history, follow the region’s Wine & Ale Trail, 10 stops that honor the past as they flavor the present.

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History & Tourism

Meet Me On Main Street

29 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

By Alexia Kemerling, Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Historic buildings, streets lined with locally owned shops and restaurants, vibrant community events — these are just a few features of downtown Mansfield. The city center even has its own soundtrack thanks to Richland Carrousel Park’s joyful organ music. Meet us on Main Street for a day filled with art, culture, good food and fun.

Fuel your morning with a latte from Relax, It’s Just Coffee and a pastry from Blackbird Bakery. Neighboring 3rd Cup Tea offers lighter caffeinated beverages and gourmet toast. Try one of Buckeye Bakery’s famous cream sticks for a sweet start.

Young children will love visiting Little Buckeye Children’s Museum — which will soon offer even more activities with a 2022 expansion into the Imagination District.

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All About Richland

Art Is The Heart Of Richland County

9 Aug , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County

By Nicholas Dekker

Everywhere you look throughout Richland County, you’ll see that a love of the arts uplifts and enhances the community. Eager crowds gather to experience the work of local visual artists, musicians and performers at the region’s theaters, galleries and performance stages.

You’ll find colorful creations in all forms at the Mansfield Art Center. This award-winning facility is renowned for its stunning exhibitions, artist sales and classes in ceramics, glass art, sculpture, pastels and more. Element of Art Studio showcases the work of artists with developmental disabilities; you can tour the gallery, purchase artwork and take classes.

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History & Tourism

Kids Love Richland County

10 Jul , 2021  

By Wendy Pramik with Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Richland County’s small-town feel is perfect for families, offering kid-friendly attractions in a combination of urban and rural settings.

Take a spin on a hand-carved, hand-painted wooden carrousel at the Richland Carrousel Park in downtown Mansfield. The indoor carrousel boasts 52 colorful, hand-carved animal figures and a gift shop full of fun souvenirs.

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, which will expand into the Imagination District in 2022, promotes learning through play in interactive models of doctor’s offices, restaurants, classrooms and more. More…

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