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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All About Richland

Dinner With A View

18 Jun , 2021  

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

By Nicholas Dekker:

When you’re dining out, you won’t know what to photograph first: your food or the view. Many of our restaurants are notable for both terrific food and stunning scenery.

The rooftop patio at Hudson and Essex offers one-of-a-kind views of downtown Mansfield, giving you the feel of dining out in a big city. The building was once an automobile dealership selling Hudson & Essex cars; today it houses a fine-dining restaurant, a deli and the Cypress Hill Winery. More…

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History & Tourism

No Better Time To Try Out The Ohio Road Trip Collection

17 Jun , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Two years ago, TourismOhio launched RoadTrips.Ohio.org to help travelers find their perfect Ohio road trips. The 10 road trips are based on themes with some routes highlighting major celebrations. Other road trips provide adventures in family fun, cuisine, thriving cities, romance, outdoors, arts & culture and more.

Then 2020 happened. The pandemic shut down tourism venues right and left, and while virtual experiences helped in that gap, Richland Countians and all Ohioans yearned for a return to “on the road” experiences.

While health guidelines are still in place in much of Ohio, many venues have reopened. You are encouraged to contact a particular site ahead of your visit to verify hours and restrictions, if any. Still, the opportunity for Ohio Road Trips is back! More…

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History & Tourism

Spectacular June Is Underway In Richland County

6 Jun , 2021  

It’s already a beautiful June in Richland County, and the folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County invite you to head outside and experience several wonderful seasonal events.

Here is what is on offer for the remainder of this month:

Markets and More. Nice weather means the return of farmers’ markets, flea markets, outdoor shopping, and more. Grab your market tote and head to the North End Farmer’s Market (June 10, 17, 24) at the NECIC Urban Farm. Explore the offerings of local merchants during the First Friday Shop Hop (June 4) in historic Downtown Mansfield. Shop for non-invasive plants that will thrive in your local garden at the Native Plant Sale (June 15) at Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Offices. A native plant expert will be available to answer all your questions and offer suggestions and inspiration. Hunt for treasures and collectibles at the Mansfield Flea Market & Antiques Show (June 26-27) at the Richland County Fairgrounds. A DIYer’s dream, salvage pieces for antique, vintage, farmhouse, and shabby chic décor at the Pickers Market (June 19) at the Prairie Peddler Festival Grounds. More…

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History & Tourism

Are You Up For The Richland County Donut Challenge?

22 May , 2021  

By our friends at Destination Mansfield -Richland County:

This challenge is not for the calorie-conscious or the faint of heart. If you’re looking to indulge in the richest treats in Richland County and settle a local debate for the ages, you’re in the right place. This is the Richland County Donut Challenge: first, sample each of our favorite local donuts then decide for yourself which fried confection reigns supreme as the best donut in Richland County.

Apple Hill Orchard donuts are a local fall favorite, but these fall-flavored donuts are available year-round! Apple Hill Donuts are cake donuts made with only Apple Hill apples and cider in the batter. After they’re fried to golden perfection, they are either dipped in a thin glaze that soaks into the crispy exterior or rolled in cinnamon sugar during the holidays. The result is a donut that evokes memories of apple picking on cool fall days with every bite! These donuts are even available on the go thanks to the donut drive-thru window. More…

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History & Tourism

Cheers To History On The Wine & Ale Trail

9 May , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Weaving through Mansfield and the surrounding area, the Wine & Ale Trail guides you to a mix of breweries, wineries, and wine bars each dedicated to honoring local history. Raise a toast to grand architecture in a historic bank vault, taste tradition in an old-world brewery, and pay homage to The Shawshank Redemption (filmed in Mansfield) with themed wines and ales.

Inside Laxton Hollow Brewing Works — one of the nine stops on the trail — the polished woodwork and framed photographs resemble an English pub. Here you’ll find rare cask ales, beer fermented naturally in steel casks without any artificial carbonation, just like in a traditional English pub. Laxton Hollow is one of only 14 breweries in the U.S. specializing in cask ale and the only one in the state. Prior to Prohibition, all brewers conditioned ale this way, and owner Ken Dudley is passionate about preserving the historic process. More…

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All About Richland

Make It A Magnificent May!

6 May , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

It’s time for a spring refresh! We’re ready for out with the old and in with the new. New projects, new things to do, new events, and new routines. Our calendar of events is here to be your resource for shaking it up with craft fairs, vintage markets, a taco crawl, arts, and live entertainment.

Shop till you drop and revive your home, wardrobe, and more for spring! Shop the local merchants for special deals during the First Friday Shop Hop (May 7) in Downtown Mansfield The Old Franklin Church, a charming new wedding and event venue, is hosting their first Sip and Shop (May 15). More…

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All About Richland

It’s Time For ‘Survivor Mohican’

19 Apr , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

There’s a wonderful natural world waiting to be explored alone, with family, or with small groups at the 20th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend “SURVIVOR MOHICAN”, April 23-25. Choose your own adventure with a weekend full of scheduled activities and unscheduled adventure at 10 different sites throughout Richland and Ashland Counties. Earn official Survivor Mohican hat pins in five different colors at selected events. You can also attend specially selected hikes to receive a free hiking stick medallion (limited availability).

Don’t miss keynote speaker, Carleigh Fairchild*, a participant on seasons 3 and 5 of the outdoor survivalist series “Alone”, on the History Channel at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, April 23, 2021 from 7 PM – 8 PM. Fairchild will share stories from the 91 days she spent in the wilderness of Patagonia and Mongolia and explain how she used his skills to survive off the land. More…

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History & Tourism

Time For An Awesome April In Richland County

5 Apr , 2021  

From our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Been there, done that? Come back for a special event! Our top attractions have events happening this April that will make a visit to Richland County an experience like no other. The staff of professionals and volunteers at your favorite attractions are filled with experts in their field. These experts can’t wait to share their knowledge with you to help make your trip special: stargaze with local astronomers, learn from master glass artists and gardeners, and hunt ghosts with experts in the paranormal.

Explore the natural attractions of Richland and Ashland Counties and learn from expert naturalists, survivalists, and more at the 20th Annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend (Apr 23 – 25). This year’s theme “Survivor Mohican” will inspire participants to adventure at 10 different sites with scheduled programs and unscheduled adventure. Some programs include birding boat tours, survival classes, gold panning, and raptor photography. More…

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History & Tourism

A Day In Plymouth: One Historic Town, Two Counties

2 Apr , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield, with links 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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