History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

22 Feb , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This was the first post in our series which looks at the ways in which Mansfielders, past and present, have been involved with books, poetry, music, and other written works. We’ve been calling this series, “Literary Mansfield.”

Our first subject back in 2017 was a resident of Mansfield for some, but not all, of his long life. The saga of Salathiel Coffinberry began in Lancaster, Ohio in 1809; he was the son of that city’s first newspaper editor. More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Grande Dame Of Science Fiction

25 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today, we deviate just a bit by looking at the life of someone who may have never lived in Mansfield, but lies buried in Mansfield Cemetery and has strong familial connections to the city.

Her birth name was Mary Alice Norton, but her legions of fans know her by her pseudonym, Andre Norton. Other pseudonyms used by Norton included Andrew North and Allen Weston. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays, Literary Mansfield

Louis Bromfield And Christmas

25 Dec , 2020  

NOTE: First published  during our first Christmas in 2016, this look at Louis  Bromfield and Christmas has become an annual tradition.  We’ll be running this story through Christmas Day.  A very Merry Christmas to you from 1812Blockhouse!

There is no question that Pulitzer Prize-winner and Mansfielder Louis Bromfield was a fan of the holidays.

During the period of time that Bromfield lived there, Malabar Farm was an active place during the Christmas season. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: The Statesman

14 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today we look at a work of non-fiction by a leading political figure of the 19th century.

Mansfield has been able to boast of several statesmen and stateswomen in its history, two of which rose to the level of United States Senator from Ohio. One of the two holders of that title, Sherrod Brown, is a graduate of Mansfield Senior; 150 years ago, another Mansfielder had that distinction.

Much has been written of John Sherman’s career, though no thorough biography of the man has been written to date. That is unfortunate, as Sherman had a unique career in public service that took place over extraordinary years in American history. He also was an integral part of the civic and cultural life of Mansfield from its days as a quiet county seat town to the booming industrial center of the late 19th century. More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: Lee Adams, Tony Award Winning Lyricist

29 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Through our “Literary Mansfield” series, we take occasional looks at the lives and careers of those who have called Mansfield home at some point in their lives, and who have become known locally, regionally, or even nationally as authorst, poets, lyricisits, playwrights, or in other literary fields. Other posts in the series can be found here.

Today’s subject is one of those with a national reputation as well as being a native Mansfielder. And, if you have ever heard and enjoyed songs like “Put On a Happy Face” or “Applause,” you are in his debt.

Lee Adams was born in 1924 and grew up locally, graduating from Mansfield Senior before going on to The Ohio State University and Columbia University. More…

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History & Tourism

The New Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

2 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the new Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

The Ohioana Library Association has announced this new program that will connect readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Two: Mansfield’s Other Pulitzer Prize Winner

13 Apr , 2020  

Note from 1812Blockhouse: We are happy to re-share posts from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the first such series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in 2016. Through this series, 1812Blockhouse is looking at Mansfielders, past and present, who have contributed to the world of writing in all of its forms. More…

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History & Tourism

Literary Mansfield: The Poetry of Salathiel Coffinberry

10 Nov , 2019  

Note from 1812Blockhouse: We are happy today to re-share a post from our “Literary Mansfield” series, the first such series we did here at 1812Blockhouse. This initial post was made back in September of 2016.


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Our first subject was a resident of Mansfield for some, but not all, of his long life. The saga of Salathiel Coffinberry began in Lancaster, Ohio in 1809; he was the son of that city’s first newspaper editor. After a stint in Chilicothe, the family moved to Mansfield, where Salathiel began the practice of law and married for a second time to the equally wonderfully-named Artemisia Cook. He left Mansfield in 1843, and spent the rest of his life in Michigan. Salathiel and Artemisia had six children with names such as Hermia Salathiella, Herman Napoleon, and Estophanta. More…

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History & Tourism, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Five: The Political Debunker

19 Nov , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues our series about individuals with Mansfield connections who participated in the literary world. To date, we have looked at the 19th century poet Salathiel Coffinberry, the Putlizer Prize winning James Lapine, current novelist Christopher Moore, and statesman John Sherman and his autobiography. More…

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All About Richland, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Part Three: Christopher Moore – Updated

29 Oct , 2018  

Posted during the early days of 1812Blockhouse, we are updating and re-sharing our “Literary Mansfield” series to our expanded readership.

1812Blockhouse continues its series of glimpses into the lives and work of authors, poets, and playwrights who once made their home in Richland County. More…

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All About Richland

Literary Mansfield: A Bromfield Renaissance?

21 May , 2018  

Is appreciation for author Louis Bromfield set for a renaissance?

That was a question posed this past week by Kevin Kelley, a columnist for the Gallipolis Daily Tribune. As Kelley shared in his column, “All but forgotten since his death in 1956, Bromfield’s works may not speak to succeeding generations, but as a century nears since his first novels were published, a rediscovery of his literary skills is not entirely out of order.” More…

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All About Richland, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield: The Sociologist

9 Aug , 2017  

1812Blockhouse continues our look at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.

From 2005 to 2009, Mansfield had a part-time resident with a keen eye focused on its demographics and people. The primary goal for Alison Goebel was to conduct research on small city race and class relations from the perspective of a small Ohio city. Beginning with publications in scholarly journals, and soon to be incorporated into a book, she has made that research available. More…

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Downtown, Literary Mansfield

Literary Mansfield Special Edition: Nuts, True Crime, And Cosmic Eggs

3 Nov , 2016  

UPDATED — Thursday at 10:00 p.m. See below.

For the keen observer, this is the seventh installment in our series “Literary Mansfield,” in which 1812Blockhouse looks at authors, poets, and other literary figures with a north central Ohio connection through birth and/or residence.

In this special edition, we are looking at another way in which certain authors manifest a Mansfield connection – in this case, by coming to town and participating in events at our independent bookstore, Main Street Books. More…

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