History & Tourism

What’s Behind Those Windows? Fall Secret City Tour Is Saturday

13 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold another Secret City Tour this Saturday, allowing attendees to glimpse a Mansfield that has been there for a century or more but which has been largely unseen.

At least once a year, the organization facilitates the opening of architecturally interesting buildings in Mansfield’s downtown area that are not typically open to the public. This fall’s Secret City Tour will take place this Saturday, September 17, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

This Tour features the following places to visit:

  • 246 East Fourth Street
  • 48 West Fourth Street
  • 25 North Park Street
  • 101 North Main Street
  • 19 North Park Street
  • 137 North Main Street
  • 193 North Main Street

Each of these buildings are either currently being renovated or provide excellent opportunities for investment and adaptive reuse.

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All About Richland

DMI Provides Update On Main Street Project

2 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

As 2022 has progressed, things have been looking increasingly favorable for Mansfield’s Main Street Improvement Project, an initiative designed to bring a new look and renewed vitality to several blocks of downtown’s traditional north-south thoroughfare.

In its most recent newsletter, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) shared a current update on the project. It shared:

“The Main Street Investment project has received a $7.38 million dollar RAISE grant to assist in funding the complete rebuilding of the Main Street corridor from First to Fifth Street! This project will reconstruct the downtown Mansfield streetscape and will include updated LED street lighting, new ADA-compliant curb ramps, upgraded sidewalks, brick pavers in new crosswalks, and lighted plazas with seating.

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All About Richland

Movies Under The Stars

8 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s something about watching a movie outdoors.

For those of a certain age, the drive-in movie theatre provided that type of experience (and fortunately some still exist). This summer, however, you can watch film under the stars in the Imagination District in downtown Mansfield.

POP! Pictures on the Plaza features free, family friendly activities as well as an outdoor movie. The venue is the grassy area known as the Plaza situated between the Renaissance Theatre and Theatre 166.

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All Things Business

Shop Local At Social On Main

31 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Summer Pop Up Shop at Social on Main opens this week!  During June, July, and August, we will open our storefront located at 128 North Main Street to shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield. 

Come down for First Friday Shop Hop, visit the local businesses, have dinner, ride the carrousel, and stop in to meet and support other emerging businesses in downtown Mansfield.

Joining us for June will be Motivatd Mom, Authentically You Boutique, Diane’s Pink Zebra, GJRP design 3D printing, Moonshadow Marketplace, Jewelry by Linda, CCWicks and More, JNM Creations, and Mowry Merchantile. 

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All About Richland

Final Friday Concert Series Kicks Off At The Brickyard

26 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever! It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music.

Here’s hoping for clear skies as the 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard, hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI), kicks off tomorrow night with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridley.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

  • Friday, May 27: Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridley
  • Friday, June 24: Jody Odom Jr., Jeffrey Boyd & Park Street Blue, and Biscuit Miller
  • Friday, July 29: Jai Merina, Talk Boy Trio, and Red Ball Jets
  • Friday, August 26: Jose Sanchez, Toms Kitchen Table, and County Line
  • Friday, September 30: Sarah Goff, Escape the Circus, and Zack Attack
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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Secret No Longer: Downtown Opportunities Unveiled In Tour

8 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Saturday brought the Secret City Tour sponsored by Downtown Mansfield, Inc., a component part of Saturday and Sunday’s RichHistory Weekend.

As in years past, a sampling of historic buildings in the downtown area were readied for these “sneak peek” tours. Buildings on this month’s edition included 87 West Fourth Street, 111 North Main Street (Second Floor), 137 North Main Street, 100 North Main (Second Floor), 130 North Main (Second Floor), 193 North Main, and 25 North Park.

The aim of the event is not only to provide an opportunity for Mansfielders and others to experience local history, but to demonstrate the potential of these spaces as redevelopment opportunities – the kinds of opportunities that can be fueled with recent downtown living grant funding provided by local civic leaders.

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All About Richland

Secret City Summer 2022 Coming Saturday

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

An annual highlight of RichHistory Weekend is taking place this Saturday.

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is holding its summer 2022 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces. 

Buildings on the tour will include 193 North Main Street, 137 North Main Street, 130 North Main Street, 111 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street, 17 East Temple Court, 25 North Park Street, and 87 West Fourth Street.

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Downtown

DMI Announces 2022 Final Friday Concert Series Lineup

20 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever!

It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music. The 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will kickoff on Friday, May 27 with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridey.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

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All About Richland

First Friday Shop Hop And Live Music In Downtown Mansfield

29 Mar , 2022  

By DMI; 1812Blockhouse

Join us on Friday, April 1 in downtown Mansfield for Shop Hop! Enter to win gift certificates to spend downtown and enjoy an evening of Jazz at Social on Main with Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends for the First Friday Live series.

Downtown Mansfield is home to more than 50 independent businesses, and an abundance of dining, attractions, and service options.  During shop hop, many shops are open late and feature specials and entertainment.  Participating merchants will also have the opportunity for entry to win one of 15, $20 gift certificates.

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Downtown

Plant Love In Downtown Mansfield

2 Mar , 2022  

By Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

For over 13 years, a community of donors and volunteers have joined The City of Mansfield and Downtown Mansfield, Inc. to beautify downtown. Each year, we strive to make the community even more beautiful through a concentrated effort including the planting of over 1000 flowers throughout the downtown. We have received some national recognition for the efforts and have heard from many in the community who enjoy the floral displays all summer.

We could not do this work without your support! To achieve our beautification goals for 2022, we are launching our annual fundraising effort. The PlantLove campaign will seek to fund downtown beautification annually in lieu of project by project requests. This funding covers projects from April to December and includes regular cleanups, planter maintenance, soil, growing agents, as well as flowers, plants, and evergreens seasonally!

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All About Richland

First Friday Live! Arrives

24 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

DMI is bringing a brand new event to the 2022 calendar.

On Friday, March 4, come and enjoy an evening of Jazz by Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends at their opening event for the First Friday Live series.

First Friday Live is a free event and will feature the music of Jeff Boyd and friends for open Jazz nights at Social on Main, located at 128 North Main Street in downtown Mansfield. Doors will open at 5:30 PM and music will begin at 6:00 PM.  Drinks available for purchase and DMI encourages the public to bring food from a downtown restaurant or from the Cell Block Café Food Truck, that will be onsite at The Brickyard. Event will last until at least 8:30 PM. 

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All About Richland

Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe Opens November 20

20 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of the Tiny Tim Christmas Shoppe for 2021!  One of Mansfield’s great holiday traditions, the Tiny Tim Shoppe, will officially open on Saturday, November 20.

A great experience for families across the community, this year, the Tiny Tim Shoppe will be located at our DMI office, 128 North Main Street. All children are welcome to shop for family and friends on the Christmas list.  

The Tiny Tim Shoppe is a volunteer assisted Christmas shop for children ages 12 and under. To ensure the health and safety of our guests, one reservation must be made per each child shopping. Reservations are free and 4 time slots are available per each half hour. For families with more children please reserve overlapping times. *For example, a family of six children would reserve four tickets between 10:00 AM and 10:30 AM and two tickets between 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM.

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All About Richland

Second Secret City Tour Date Set

16 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

For the first time ever Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold a second Secret City Tour in one year.

DMI’s Fall 2021 Secret City Tour will be Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 AM to 4 PM. Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces. 

Buildings on the Fall 2021 Secret City Tour will include:

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All About Richland

Final Friday Concert Coming Up

26 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Join Downtown Mansfield, Inc. downtown this Friday, July 30, for sunshine, good food, and good music.

The July 2021 Final Friday Concert Series will kick off at 5:30 PM at The Brickyard with Red & Six, Departure, and Red Ball Jets.

As always, the Final Friday Concert Series is free and open to the public; lawn chairs are encouraged, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Outside beverages and coolers are prohibited.

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All About Richland

It’s Final Friday Time At The Brickyard

23 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Join your friends and Downtown Mansfield, Inc. in downtown Mansfield this Friday, June 25, for some sunshine, good food, and great music.

The June 2021 Final Friday Concert Series will kick off at 5:30 PM at The Brickyard with Jody Odom Jr., Jeffrey Boyd & Park Street Blue, and Honey & Blue.

Like always, the Final Friday Concert Series is free and open to the public. Lawn chairs are encouraged, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Outside beverages and coolers are prohibited. More…

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