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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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…

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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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