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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All About Richland

Grace Episcopal Pantry Makes Large Thanksgiving Food Distribution

25 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Food Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church in Mansfield is making Thanksgiving a reality for a large number of Richland County families.

As shared recently on social media, the Thanksgiving Food Distribution resulted in some 643 families receiving food free of charge. Volunteers staffed the effort, and an underlying Richland County Foundation grant provided the financial wherewithal.

Grace Church’s Pantry operation received a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant from the Foundation earlier this year. More…

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All About Richland

Shiloh Ox Roast Boasts A Lot Of Beef

20 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

6.000 pounds of beef is a lot of cow!

That is what’s on offer this year at the 54th Annual Shiloh Ox Roast, an event that will look quite a bit different than years past — but which will taste just the same.

The normal, full lineup of food will be on hand, including sales of beef, baked beans, potato salad, hot dogs, cake, and pie — and a corn roast. All bulk orders will be in provided carryout containers; no private containers allowed. Other food vendors will also be present. More…

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All Things Business

Chamber, DMI, And Destination Mansfield Share Local Grocery List

14 Apr , 2020  

It’s a grocery list of sorts — but not of the standard variety.

Three local organizations have joined forces to create and promote a list of Richland County’s options for obtaining food and essentials via curbside, pick-up, and/or delivery.

After recent modifications in the State of Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order pertaining to in-person grocery shopping, including the limitations of how many people may enter a store at a given time, more Richland Countians have adopted the ultimate in social distance shopping. More…

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Stewart’s Root Beer Makes It To Staten Island

30 May , 2019  

It may be the least populated of New York City’s five boroughs with a population of nearly 500,000, but it is also the newest home of a Stewart’s All American Grill restaurant with its trademark root beer.

A story in silive.com entitled “Stewart’s All American Grill brings its famous root beer to Staten Island” starts out this way: More…

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All About Richland

Foodies Rejoice! Savor & Sip Auction and Food Tasting Is Here

14 Oct , 2018  

Enjoy a night of live entertainment, great food, and auction items with you friends at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. Everyone is welcome.

The Fourth Annual Savor & Sip Auction and Food Tasting has rapidly become one of the most popular Chamber events. So popular, in fact, that last year it sold out! The event takes place on Tuesday, October 23 from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center on West Fourth Street in Mansfield. More…


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Mansfield Farmers Markets In Full Swing

6 Jul , 2018  

With summer in full swing, the farmers markets in and near Mansfield are sharing locally produced items for sale in several locations and at various times during the week. Here is a sampling of what’s on offer: More…

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Community Leaders and Public Invited to Food System Workshop

4 Jun , 2018  

It’s spring at The Ohio State University at Mansfield Microfarm. The high tunnels are overflowing with lettuce, spinach and swiss chard. Now, as spring turns into summer, it’s time to take the growth of the microfarm out farther into the local community. A community workshop called “Aggregating Produce, Sharing Profits” will be held in Ovalwood Hall at Ohio State Mansfield on June 9 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The public is invited along with community leaders. More…

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Malabar Students Submit Anti-Sweet Potato Petition

29 May , 2018  

Editor’s Note: I cannot resist sharing that the person posting this story on 1812Blockhouse greatly dislikes both sweet potatoes and, unfortunately, watermelon.

For some fourth-graders at Malabar Intermediate School, the final days of the school year included a hands-on exercise in citizen action, triggered by dislike for sweet potato fries on the cafeteria menu.

Teacher Lisa Koplan explained. “My two classes have been learning about government and how to make peaceful changes in your community,” she said. More…

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Free Produce Available In Bellville

27 Mar , 2018  

The Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center has announced its schedule of Mobile Pantry produce distribution for 2018.

The Center, which is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of those living in the Clear Fork Valley of southern Richland County, provides this distribution as a public service from spring through fall. More…



OSU Mansfield Project Has Strong Upside Potential For Area

23 Mar , 2018  

Tyler Arter pulled weeds as he talked about the project Kent “Kip” Curtis will expand well beyond the borders of the parking lot where it’s located on the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University. “I kind of overheard it,” said Arter, an Ashland resident who graduated a year ago from Ohio State Mansfield with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. I went to one of the first meetings, and I’ve been involved with it ever since.” More…

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All About Richland, Schools

Food And Community Come Together At OSUM Symposium

8 Mar , 2018  

Community leaders in Mansfield are thinking about food and where it comes from a little bit differently today. That’s after The Ohio State University at Mansfield held the 2018 Food Systems Symposium March 1 at Oasis of Love Church in Mansfield.

Over 100 people attended the event. Participants talked about how to address economic, education, diet and food security issues in the community. The goal of the meeting was to discuss how all in the community could work together to create a community-based vision to improve access to safe, affordable and nutritious food in Mansfield and Richland County. More…

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Project Takes On Food Insecurity In Mansfield

20 Oct , 2017  

Big things are continuing to grow on The Ohio State University at Mansfield campus.

The first stakeholder meeting for RUSS (Reaching Urban Students with Sustainability) Garden Planning Process was held on October 12, 2017, in the Eisenhower Board Room on the Mansfield Campus. The group, which consists of campus and community members, met to discuss how to develop RUSS Gardens throughout the region. More…

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History & Tourism

Is Mansfield The Next Pizza Capital Of The World?

21 Feb , 2017  

The online world can be a rather unusual thing here in the second decade of the 21st century. With the increasing demand for content, a number of sites have arrived which literally “manufacture” content out of, well, limited ingredients.

Speaking of which, we ran across this headline at 1812Blockhouse earlier this week, and it obviously caught our eye – “The Ohio Town That’s The Next Pizza Capital Of The World.” When we saw the gazebo in the top photo, well, we had to read on. More…


All About Richland

Talking Food

6 Feb , 2017  

You are warned — the most recent edition of the Renaissance Podcast might make you hungry.

In preparation for their involvement at a dinner before the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s February 18 “When Swing Was King” concert, Renaissnace Performing Arts sat down with the chefs of Altered Eats. More…