All About Richland

ODNR Announces Discounts For Military And Veterans, Including At Malabar And Mohican

30 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from ODNR

In honor of Veterans Day, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with U.S. Hotels, will offer U.S. military, both active duty and veterans, a 30% discount off one camping, getaway rental, state-operated cabin, or resort lodge stay during the month of November.

“It is an honor to support the men and women who are and have proudly served our country,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “This is a great way for these heroes to make amazing memories with their families and friends at our state parks.” 

To check availability or to make a reservation for state-operated camping, cabins, and other facilities, visit reserveohio.com. Use the promo code “VETERAN22” to receive the 30% discount. This offer is subject to availability and applies to new reservations at open campgrounds, as well as new cabin reservations at Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Lake Hope, Malabar Farm, Mohican, Pike Lake, and Pymatuning state parks.

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All About Richland

ODNR Lunches Spooky Campfire Story Series With Richland County Tale

13 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Do you believe in ghosts? The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is getting into the spooky spirit with campfire stories about some of the state’s spookiest spots

“People know about ODNR’s beautiful outdoor spaces, but they may be less familiar with the mysterious backstories that go with some of our historic properties,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “We’re excited to get into the spirit of the season and teach a little lesson about these places all at the same time.” 

Fiery embers set the scene for the stories which will be released once a week through October.  Telling the tales is Hocking College professor and renowned co-author of books like “Haunted Hocking: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the Hocking Hills and beyond”, Pat Quackenbush.

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History & Tourism

Ohio Heritage Days Combines Crafts And History

11 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living history festivals will be happening later this month at Malabar Farm.

Ohio Heritage Days, which has a goal of promoting and preserving past knowledge while looking as well at the future of farming, will be taking place on September 24 and 25.

Included will be 75 exhibitors featuring crafts; live music; Civil War and pioneer demonstrations; draft horses; educational displays; wagon rides; antique tractors; and much more. Be sure to bring some cash for purchases of food and/or craft items as not all vendors have credit card access.

Speaking of food, up to 12 food booths are expected.

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All About Richland

Food Is Focus Of Family Fun On The Farm Festival

10 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There is nothing like fresh fruit and vegetables and right now we are enjoying lettuce, asparagus and peas. As the growing season progresses, there will be many more fresh food choices like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, and apples. We are fortunate to have a wide range of other fresh food available throughout the year in Richland County like eggs, meat and honey.

The pandemic brought attention and awareness of where food comes from, and an emphasis on locally produced food. To continue to raise awareness on where food comes from, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with Richland County farm jewel, Malabar Farm State Park, for Family Fun on the Farm Festival on Saturday, June 25 at Malabar Farm from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. There are many fun activities planned for all ages, especially children. The festival is open to anyone and admission is free. More…

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All About Richland

Take A Real And Virtual Turn On The Clear Fork Scenic Trail

27 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

As the weather turns warmer in the coming weeks, why not head to a beautiful corner of Richland County for some exercise and quality “outdoor time.”

The Clear Fork Scenic Trail was born out of a visit to connect the Butler and the B&O Bike Trail with Mohican State Park and Malabar Farm State Park. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge At Malabar

15 Jun , 2020  

By: Malabar Farm State Park; 1812Blockhouse Staff

Ohio’s State Parks are open, and Malabar Farm State Park has activities available for those who want to get outside and explore.

Malabar’s Summer Treasure Hunt Challenge combines that exploration with discovering a new hidden gem each week. Here are the rules: More…

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All About Richland

Scouting Service Projects Available At Malabar Farm, Other Local State Parks

27 Feb , 2020  

Scouts and their leaders who are looking for service projects need look no further than at Malabar Farm State Park and other Ohio State Parks within easy driving distance. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has made information available about service opportunities at the parks easy to access through an online interface.

Though a link on the Resources for Scouts page on the ODNR website, details on each opportunity is available as well as sign-up instructions. More…

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All About Richland

The Sweet Smell Of Maple In The Air

22 Feb , 2020  

It’s almost time for the annual Malabar Farm Maple Syrup Festival. This event, which has been held continuously since 1977, always occurs on the first two weekends in March. This free festival is a great opportunity for families and friends to step back in time, learn, and enjoy the history of Ohio syrup making at Malabar Farm State Park.

The festival includes demonstrations of sugaring techniques from the early days, when Ohio was home to Native Americans, through present day. A self-guided tour of the sugar camp and sugarhouse will reveal the evolution of sugaring equipment and how maple sap is transformed into maple syrup. More…

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All Things Business, History & Tourism

Malabar Farm Inn Restaurant Seeking New Operator

7 Feb , 2020  

In early 2019 it was announced that Malabar Farm Inn, the restaurant situated down the road from Louis Bromfield’s Malabar Farm, would be closed for the remainder of 2019 for renovations. It appears that there was more to the story as the State of Ohio is now seeking a new operator to run and manage the restaurant.

Through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, State Parks and Watercraft Division, bids are now being accepted for an operator contract. More…

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All About Richland

Whirlwind Ohio State Park Tour Includes Local Stops

13 Nov , 2019  

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources Naturalist undertook a tour of all 75 Ohio state parks…with the surprising goal of visiting all 75 within 10 days.

As she traveled, ‘Naturalist Richelle’ used internet and social media to blog and vlog her trip, allowing others to follow her adventures. More…

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