1812MansfieldHistory, History & Tourism

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…



Shelby Bicycle Days Rolls Out This Week

6 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse; Community Improvement Corporation of Shelby

Shelby Bicycle Days is an integral part of the summer event season not only in northern Richland County, but in the entire area. This year, organizers faced the daunting realization that hosting a healthy festival, one that emphasized safe family fun, required that some changes be made.

The result is a different look version of Bicycle Days.

As shared by event organizations, the festival will include: More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge At Malabar

15 Jun , 2020  

By: Malabar Farm State Park; 1812Blockhouse Staff

Ohio’s State Parks are open, and Malabar Farm State Park has activities available for those who want to get outside and explore.

Malabar’s Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge combines that exploration with discovering a new hidden gem each week. Here are the rules: More…


All About Richland

Show Some Love For the Ohio Bird Sanctuary

21 Jan , 2020  

A few days before Valentine’s Day, celebrate the amazing world of owls at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary on February 8.

A fun evening has been planned for the two hour event that kicks off at 5:30 PM. Attendees will be able to meet ‘owl ambassadors’, meaning the feathered residents of the sanctuary. There will also be an opportunity to create owl-themed crafts and do other activities. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Carrousel Park Set For Grand Re-Opening

15 Jan , 2020  

In the many years that the Richland Carrousel has made its home in downtown Mansfield, the music emanating from the Richland Carrousel Park has seeped into those who live, work and visit the area. It’s become part of who we are so, while it is closed right now for maintenance, we look forward to the grand re-opening on January 18 when the Carrousel will run again to traditional carousel music such as John Phillip Sousa’s The Washington Post March, all produced on the Park’s Stinson Organ. More…

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All About Richland

Strap On Those Cross-Country Skis

8 Jan , 2020  

January’s here, so we expect some serious snow to be coming our way. One way to get some great exercise in the winter, and still enjoy a bit of the outdoors, is cross country skiing. Richland County offers a variety of terrains, including paved paths and hilly landscapes, making this region a great cross country skiing location for beginners and pros alike. Check out these recommendations for where to go: More…

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Winter Brings Winterfest Fun To Mohican

7 Jan , 2020  

As part of 1812Blockhouse’s emphasis on sharing news and information about our county and its residents, we realize that attractions and events just “over the border” in surrounding counties draw Richland Countians as well.  We will be highlighting several of these in our new series, “In Our Backyard.”

What better way to celebrate the wonders of January than with a winter themed festival? You’re in luck this weekend, as nearby Loudonville celebrates the 2020 Mohican Winter Fest this Saturday and Sunday. More…

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All About Richland

Winter Crafts In The Park For Seniors And Kids

31 Dec , 2019  

Brighten up your winter days with a spark of creativity – the Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department has planned art events for young and old during the month of January, and you can make plans to attend. Details for each event are below; they request pre-registration to ensure that the appropriate amount of supplies are available. More…

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History & Tourism

Chilly January Fun In Richland County

22 Dec , 2019  

The new year is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to try a new experience or just get out of the house for some winter fun. The folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County have rounded up their list of the best ways to spend your day come January: More…

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Mid-Ohio Announces 2020 Season Lineup

15 Nov , 2019  

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington will continue its tradition of showcasing one of the most diverse schedules in all of racing in 2020. Spectacular two- and four-wheel motorsports action will be featured at the North Central Ohio facility during its 59th season of racing.

As announced previously to accommodate broadcast and cable television coverage of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the NASCAR Xfinity Series stop, the Mid-Ohio 170, moves earlier to May 29-30. The ARCA Menards Series returns to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 1965 as Friday’s headlining race of this major stock racing weekend. Then, Ohio’s largest motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, shifts to a later summer date, August 14-16, to wrap up the 2020 schedule with the stars and cars of the Indianapolis 500. More…

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All About Richland

Family, Free, And For Moms And Dads Fall Fun

17 Oct , 2019  

In case you haven’t already made your fall bucket list, Destination Mansfield is here to help! There is so much going on in our area and they don’t want you to miss out! Here is their list of 25 things to do this fall in Richland County including activities for your family, for free, and even for when you want to leave the little ones with a babysitter. More…

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All About Richland

ODNR Encourages You To Go Leaf Peeping

6 Oct , 2019  

Even if you are not planning to go on a hike or pack up a tent and camp out this fall, you can take advantage of the easiest way to welcome fall with almost no effort required: leaf peeping. Leaf peeping is, simply put, just the act of looking at leaves to observe the color change that takes place during fall. This activity is so popular that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), in partnership with Ohio. Find It Here., maintains a Fall Color Forecast to help people find the best locations to view and enjoy the beautiful colors that accompany the onset of fall in Ohio. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Travel Ohio’s Newest Water Trail

9 Aug , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

Today we’re turning our attention to a place where the beauty of nature joins opportunities for the whole family. More…



Help Catch Grace The Giraffe For Fun And Prizes

16 Jul , 2019  

Do you remember Otis the Ostrich? How about Reginald the Rabbi?

Both were visitors to downtown Mansfield in the last two years, each leaving traces that visitors found and recorded in an effort to play The Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt.

This year, Grace the Giraffe has been skating around downtown Mansfield, and local businesses need your help catching her. More…

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