All About Richland

Richland County Farmers Can Benefit From Water Quality Program

30 Apr , 2021  

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced Wednesday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded ODA’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation a five-year, $8 million grant to assist in Ohio’s work to improve water quality in Lake Erie.

Administered by the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the grant funding will support Governor Mike DeWine’s H2Ohio initiative by assisting farmers in developing nutrient management plans and conservation practices in Crawford, Erie, Huron, Marion, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby and Wyandot counties. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Tragic Tale Of Beautiful Miss Mansfield

29 Apr , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. 1812Blockhouse has been sharing their stories in a series we started last year called “Richland Roots.” For other Richland Roots stories, click here.

Occasionally, those tales take a tragic turn. During a film shoot in 1923, an aspiring actress suffered a gruesome fate that cut short what may well have been a brilliant career. This actress not only shared her name with the city of Mansfield, but it was the city that was the source of her professional name – Martha Mansfield. More…

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History & Tourism

Pssst… Secret City Tour This Saturday

28 Apr , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold the 2021 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 1 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 2021 Secret City Tour will include: 33 North Main Street, 135 North Main Street, 117 North Diamond Street, 137 North Main Street, 116 North Main Street (second floor), 118 North Main Street (second floor), 135 North Franklin Street, 25 East Fourth Street (second floor), and 67 North Main Street (second floor). More…

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History & Tourism

RichHistory Celebrated This Coming Weekend

27 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s time this Saturday and Sunday for RichHistory Weekend, the area’s annual celebration of the past and how it connects to Richland County’s present and future. It is brought to you by the RichHistoryAlliance.

Many of your favorite events and attractions are back, such as Downtown Mansfield Inc.’s Secret City Tour and events in South Park and at Oak Hill Cottage. New ones are being added as well, such as walks at Dayspring’s 1889 boiler building.

Founded in 2016, the RichHistory Alliance was created through the partnering of museums and history-related attractions in Richland County to collaborate on the preservation, discovery, and sharing of local history. More…

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History & Tourism

Letter Arrives In Mansfield By ‘Aeroplane’: 1912

26 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As historians know, Mansfield has a connection to the early days of aviation, primarily in the person of Frank Lahm, the “nation’s first military aviator.”

Lahm worked alongside the Wright Brothers not long after their December 1903 initial flight to create and perfect the country’s first military-related airplanes. Lahm’s career is storied, and can be read in detail on this Wikipedia page.

Flying was still somewhat of novelty in the first 20 years of the 20th century, becoming increasingly safer and able to undertake longer flights and with more people aboard. Once such improvement came in the form of transporting cargo on airplanes, beginning with airmail. More…

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All About Richland

Join Us Today For A Richland County Photo Journey

25 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

During the time we have been publishing, we have posted hundreds of original photos on 1812Blockhose of Richland County scenes and Richland County people.

It’s always been a bit part of what we do — attempting to convey the amazing variety of what makes life in this part of Ohio incredibly worthwhile.

From time to time, that has included photo essays as we visit a specific location. We store those essays in a variety of places, but more than once we have used Flickr, which is an ideal medium for photo storage and display.

On a Sunday, we thought that we would share photo albums with you that include trips to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, a Veterans Day celebration in downtown Mansfield, experiencing fall at Malabar Farm, North Lake Park, a stroll through downtown Mansfield, and Kingwood Center Gardens.

All photos included were taken by and belong to 1812Blockhouse.


St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church

Veterans Day 2016

Fall at Malabar Farm

North Lake Park

Downtown Mansfield Stroll

Kingwood Center Gardens

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All About Richland

Live Theatre Prevails With Little Shop Of Horrors At The Ren

24 Apr , 2021  

Last weekend, the Renaissance Theatre opened it’s doors with a live in-person production of Little Shop of Horrors the Musical. While theaters across the world are just starting to open back up, the Renaissance Theatre has been at the forefront for producing live events safely during a global pandemic.

Little Shop of Horrors the musical features a star studded cast of professional actors from all around Ohio, such as Ryan Shreve, Emma Skaggs, Condrea Webber, Leiah Lewis, Antonio Brown, Scott Smith, and Beau Roberts. This production is unlike any version of Little Shop of Horrors you might have seen before. Directed by Ryan Shealy, and musical direction by Kelly Knowlton, this is one hilarious show you don’t want to miss. More…

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All About Richland

A Bit Of A Better Week For Richland County, COVID-Wise

23 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As statewide COVID-19 case levels stabilize, Richland County’s reported cases are doing the same.

In fact, the figures released for key trends, as well as for the County’s schools and senior residential facilities, showed some improvement this week.

Thursday is the date when weekly numbers are released by the Ohio Department of Health. Richland County remains at Level 3, or “Red,” under the Ohio Public Health Advisory system. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Friedrich Ferdinand Schnitzer

22 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Throughout its history, Richland County has produced or been the home to a wide variety of individuals that have made important contributions to the world. We profile these individuals in our Richland Roots series.

Not exactly a household name in 21st century Richland County, Friedrich Schnitzer was much better known 125 years ago.

Schnitzer, son of and father of two other men with the same name, was born in Bavaria and emigrated to America with his parents in 1859, depending on the source. His European home sat on 200 acres, and it was said that the family descended from minor nobility.

Before leaving Bavaria, he was trained in architecture at the University of Berlin. More…

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All About Richland

Inkcarceration Announces Festival Lineup

21 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse, Inkcarceration

Get ready to rock, Richland County!

The Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival announced its 2021 official lineup on Tuesday, and its full of names you know.

The event is now set for September 10-12 at OSR.

Headlining the show will be Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne (marking their first appearance since 2009). The three days will also feature performances by A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Fever 333, All That Remains and many more. More…

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History & Tourism, Shelby

Landmarks Of Richland County: First Presbyterian Church, Shelby

20 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This church building is testament to faith and resilience.

The present First Presbyterian Church of Shelby, located on North Gamble Street, has occupied this spot for the last 115 years. It stands on the lot to the south of the Post Office Building, the subject of another recent post in this series.

The fact that it exists, however, is rather miraculous.

Presbyterians first met in the Shelby area in the early 1820s. After a couple of initial locations, the congregation built a church on South Broadway in 1851. 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

Kingwood Expands Entire Family Offerings

18 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield has always been a special place for kids and their parents.

Many Richland County and area children, even those who are now seniors, have rich memories of visits to that magical place in their youth — seeing the flowers and, of course, feeding the peacocks!

Kingwood has recently expanded its programs for the entire family. Below are a handful taking place through the end of May; click on any for more information and/or online registration. More…

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All Things Business

The CRU Clinic Opens In Ontario

17 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Thursday, a new clinic opened in Ontario that offers services and technologies focused on unique aspects of personal care.

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development representatives joined with local officials in holding a ribbon cutting for The CRU Clinic at 2293 Village Park Court – off of Stumbo Road and West Fourth.

According to their website and social media, The CRU Clinic provides “contemporary care for refined wellness that is unique to each individual.” Services listed on the site include lip augmentation, Botox/Xeomin/Dysport treatments, and dermal fillers. More…

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All Things Business

Have A Beer With Your Biscuits?

16 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an Ohio culinary institution — Bob Evans restaurants with their familiar red and brick facades.

Soon the place that is a staple for home cooked breakfasts and dinners may become a go-to venue for beer and wine as well.

Several outlets nationally and locally are reporting that Bob Evans has decided to expand its new alcoholic beverage offerings outside of its Florida operations, where they have been test marketed for some time.

With that, a number of Ohio locations have pending liquor permit applications including, according to Business First Columbus, for the restaurant at 2100 West Fourth Street in Ontario, diagonally across from Avita Ontario Hospital and Richland Mall. More…

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