History & Tourism

Townsend House To Open For Tour

1 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Visitors to Kingwood Center Gardens are often intrigued by the stately home sitting across Park Avenue West, a large home which has remained unoccupied for many years.

Owned by Kingwood Center, the Townsend House will be open for a tour on August 27 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Tours are $3 for members and $10 for non-members.

The Townsend House, constructed in 1930, was the home of Edwin Oliver and May Tucker Townsend. Originally from southern Ohio, was a businessman and bank executive. As his 1945 obituary notes, his primary hobby and passion was traveling; the same year that the house was constructed, the family went on an around the world excursion.

Reservations are required for the Townsend House Tour, and may be made at this online location.

Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay

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Growing The Garden Gateway

31 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The last day of July is here, which means that it is only two and a half months before the planned opening of the new Garden Gateway at Kingwood Center Gardens.

In the most recently post in Kingwood’s “Project Blog,” several photos are shared of the current state of landscaping around the new structure as well as the reconstructed “allee” which stretches to the north of Kingwood Hall. That post can be viewed below. More…

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Kingwood Center Looking At Garden Superstitions

26 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Do you have a lucky or an unlucky feeling while tending your flower beds?

Folklore and tales abound about gardening. It is said that that folklore often has a basis in fact, as odd as some might seem at first blush.

Planting a single garlic clove next to your roses, for instance, was thought to protect them from flying insects, especially pesky aphids. Then there are garden superstitions, from lucky four-leaf clovers to moon phase planting. More…

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Free First Monday At Kingwood

2 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse, Kingwood Center Gardens

Once the busy holiday weekend is over, why not extend it a day and visit Kingwood Center Gardens? The popular attraction is continuing its free first Monday admissions this year, including this Monday, July 6, from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Several safety measures as well as volunteer and guest protocols are in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ongoing construction of the Garden Gateway project. More…

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Live On The Lawn

29 Jun , 2020  

By: Kingwood Center Gardens, 1812Blockhouse

As it is said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Or, in other words, when life gives one lemons, the best thing to do is to make lemonade.

That is just what’s happening at Kingwood Center Gardens this year. In a similar manner to the folks at the Renaissance Theatre downtown, Kingwood is moving activities outside — a beautiful place to be.

Their Live on the Lawn summer concert series is returning for a third year, providing free musical entertainment on the South Lawn. More…

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Area Historic Attractions Begin To Reopen

11 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

NOTE: Updated on Thursday afternoon

The Responsible Restart Ohio plan to reopen business and society has, as we all know, taken a sector by sector approach. One of the latest areas of the economy allowed to reopen has been in indoor entertainment venues, including the state’s outstanding collection of historic venues and museums.

Along with movie theatres, art galleries, and zoos, Ohio’s museums were allowed to open their doors again on Wednesday. Each must abide by the standard set of heath guidelines, including restrictions on social distancing and gathering size.

At least two local historic attractions have set plans to do just that. More…

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Look What’s Coming To Kingwood

22 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

A brand-new post on the Kingwood Capital Campaign Blog of Kingwood Center Gardens, posted on Thursday, not only shares good news but also proudly displays proof of those tidings.

The news is that construction crews have returned to work on the new Garden Gateway. Not only have workers returned, albeit under restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, but the green stuff has been arriving as well.

This is Kingwood, after all. The beautiful visitors and education center will be set in horticultural beauty and will include a stunning new fountain. More…

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Kingwood Opens Online Garden Shop

17 Apr , 2020  

“Your Garden Awaits.”

Those words greet visitors to Kingwood Center Gardens’ first-ever online garden shop, a location where those with green thumbs, and green thumb wannabes, can obtain plants that will enhance their own flower beds.

Not just flowers, mind you. Vegetables and fruit varieties are on offer, as are trees and shrubs. More…

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A Christmas Carol Comes To Kingwood

1 Dec , 2019  

Presented by the Hampstead Stage Company, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is coming to Kingwood Center Gardens on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

The delightful tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk Bob Cratchit, is a familiar holiday tradition. More…

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Make It A Kingwood Christmas This Year

17 Nov , 2019  

Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield has announced their plan to kick off the holiday season on Saturday, November 30 with their Christmas at Kingwood program, which has become a cherished holiday tradition over the years. The program will run through Sunday, January 5.

This year’s opening day includes a “Stuff the Sleigh” initiative; guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys that will then be donated for area children in need. Kingwood Center is partnering with local charitable agencies, including the Domestic Violence Shelter, the Salvation Army, and Children Services, to distribute the collected toys. Visitors that participate in “Stuff the Sleigh” will receive free admission to Christmas at Kingwood on November 30. More…

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Kingwood Prepping For Christmas

3 Nov , 2019  

It takes time to get ready for the holidays, especially for a house and property the size of the one formerly owned by Charles Kelley King.

Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield is closed for almost the entire month of November as they work to get the house and grounds ready for the annual Christmas season tours. They will re-open on November 30. More…

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Spanish Melodies At Kingwood: Mid-Ohio Opera Presents Carmen

20 Aug , 2019  

The local music scene is made richer by music in all its forms. Mansfield is unique among cities its size, for instance, to have its own opera production company.

Mid-Ohio Opera, now in its fifth season under Artistic Director Joel Vega, offers the opportunity throughout the year to experience the magic of opera. This Saturday, August 24, such an occasion comes in the form of a concert-style performance of arias from “Carmen” of Georges Bizet, performed on the beautiful large south lawn at Kingwood Center Gardens. More…

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Kingwood Kids Day: Arts In The Garden

26 Jul , 2019  

Join several community partners for Kingwood Kids Day: Arts in the Garden on August 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Kingwood Center Gardens. More…

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Construction Underway On Kingwood Center Transformation

28 Jun , 2019  

Short term inconveniences are going to provide long term benefit at Kingwood Center Gardens as the new Garden Gateway Center Project begins to take form.

As we shared back on April 5, the work currently underway is the centerpiece of a $10 million investment into the facility, which will provide a new visitors and educational center experience that organizers call “transformative.” More…

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