History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: A New Presidential Museum

12 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.” 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 suggesting one of our shortest possible road trips — just 35 or so miles from Mansfield, and perhaps even a shorter driving distance from Bellville and Lexington. We’re also talking about a rarity — a brand new museum that commemorates the life of a President of the United States.

The Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum has been the focus of local, regional, and national attention before and after its recent opening. More…

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: National Veterans Memorial And Museum Opens New Exhibition

27 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, National Veterans Memorial and Museum

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.”

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened a new special exhibition this month — The Twenty-Year War: Our Next Greatest Generation — on view at the museum and the accompanying virtual experience through October 2. Derived from “The Twenty-Year War,” a book launched at the museum on the 20-year anniversary of 9/11, Museum staff created this powerful exhibition in collaboration with book producer/photographer, Beau Simmons, and authors, Dan Blakeley and Tom Amenta, both former U.S. Army Rangers.

“We created The Twenty-Year War exhibition to share the unvarnished stories of service and sacrifice from post-9/11 Veterans, in their own words, on their journey of transition to a new mission in their civilian lives,” said Dan Blakeley. “I hope everyone who sees and interacts with this work will reflect on their own lives and consider how they can support returning Veterans eager to serve their communities.”

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: The Columbus Dispatch Home and Garden Show

14 Feb , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.”

Kick off the spring season at the Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show on February 19 through February 27.

Each year homeowners flock to the Ohio Expo Center, an easy drive from Richland County, to see the magnificent indoor gardens, get the hottest home & garden advice and knock out their next big home improvement project – all under one roof.

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Ohio Building New Boating Education Center

22 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

It’s not a quick trip, but the one and a half hours to Waverly, Ohio might provide useful in the future for Ohio families looking for educational experiences dealing with boats and watercraft.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is building a new Boater Education Center at Lake White State Park.

“I’ve loved seeing more Ohioans on our lakes and rivers over the past few years, rediscovering an appreciation of the water,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “While boating can offer quality family time, new boaters mean more people need to learn the ins and outs of operating these vessels.  We are excited to be able to provide that with this new education center.”

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Holidays

In Our Backyard: It’s A Dickens Of A Christmas At Ohio Village

22 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

From time to time, we feature information here at 1812Blockhouse about interesting events and happenings within an easy drive of Richland County. We call this series “In Our Backyard.”

By sure to check out Christmas in North Central Ohio for links to seasonal events taking place in Richland, Ashland, and Crawford Counties.

This week you can step into the world of Charles Dickens as Ohio Village in Columbus revisits the Victorian Christmas made famous in his stories in “A Dickens of a Christmas.”

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Ohio Halloween Chills And Thrills

7 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Autumn has officially arrived once again bringing the anticipation of cooler days, colorful leaves, and crackling fires. However, nothing says fall better than the thrilling, chilling events in October to celebrate Halloween.

“October is a real treat in Ohio because we have so many amazing options for fall fright and family fun,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “Halloween-themed festivals, events and attractions all across the state will make it easy for people to safely celebrate the spirit of the season — and have a lot of fun.”

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All About Richland

In Our Backyard: One Year On, Great American Rail-Trail Work Continues

26 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Technically, it both is — and is not yet — in our backyard. Seriously, though, it couldn’t get much closer to coming through Richland County.

At this time last year, we shared a post on 1808Delaware relaying news that promoters of the Great American Rail-Trail had unveiled a preferred route for the project.

In reality, while not actually traversing Richland County, the route uses the Ohio to Erie Trail, which crosses Knox County about 15 miles south of the county line. More…

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Ohio State Fair Cancelled

24 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Exposition Commission

Over the last few weeks, we have added virtual attractions to our “In Our Backyard” series that profiles places to visit within an easy drive of Richland County.

Today, we are sharing some disappointing news about a local staple of summer as we know that many locals are fans of the Ohio State Fair.

On Thursday, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 – August 9 in Columbus. More…

All About Richland

In Our Backyard: Science And History Meet Online

21 Apr , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

1812Blockhouse has expanded our coverage to highlight attractions and events within easy driving distance of Richland Countians in a series called “In Our Backyard.” This is in addition to our regular coverage of Richland  County happenings. Today, we continue a focus on places you can experience from your own home during all things COVID-19.

Are you looking for additional resources for your kids that are educational, entertaining, and accessible from home? Two well-known institutions in Columbus, very familiar to Richland Countians, have answers for you. More…

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History & Tourism

In Our Backyard: Experience The American Revolution – Virtually

30 Mar , 2020  

With a large percentage of Richland Countians now at home, we thought we’d expand our “In Our Backyard” series with an opportunity to indulge in an interesting tour a bit further afield.

First, though, a question, particularly for you history lovers. What neighboring county is home to the site of the one of the last three open field battles of the American Revolutionary War period?

Here are a couple more clues. The battle involved troops led by a childhood friend of General George Washington, and the hero of the skirmish was the only member of Russian nobility known to have fought in America’s fight for independence.

The Battle of Olentangy took place on June 6, 1782 in the fields of Crawford County between Bucyrus, Crestline, and Galion. Furthermore, the colonial soliders reached that site by going through Richland County. That’s right — this part of Ohio has direct connections to the story of the American Revolution. 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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