History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

28 May , 2018  

Celebrating Memorial Day 2018 with a reboot of this popular post. In this series, we have talked about survivors, local landmarks that have both stood the test of time and avoided both accidental loss and the all too common wrecking ball.

The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, Park Avenue West’s Grand Old Lady, is both a local and statewide survivor. Since it opened in 1889, it has served veterans and the community well. Today it houses an extraordinary museum , provides character and dignity to Mansfield’s principal thoroughfare, and is a remarkable connection to what is arguably the most important conflict in American history. More…

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History & Tourism

Indiana University Posts Vintage Photo Of Mansfield Landmark

23 May , 2018  

In October 2016, 1812Blockhouse focused one of the first posts in our “Landmarks of Mansfield” series on the Farmers Bank Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Civil War Monument in South Park

12 May , 2018  

It stands sentinel near the entrance of South Park, just as it has for the last 110 years. Erected in 1908, the Civil War Monument is 27 years newer than its counterpart in Central Park downtown.

Like its cousin, this statue was given in memory of deceased veterans of the Civil War. While the downtown monument was donated by an individual, however, the South Park statue was a gift from veterans of the 120th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. More…

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All About Richland

National Old House Website Features Mansfield Property

8 May , 2018  

People from around the country, and around the world, visit the Old House Dreams website either to do just that – dream about owning and/or restoring a period house or building – or to actually shop for a new place to live or work.

According to the site, “OHD has become a community of folks that love and respect these homes, they are not “just an old house” to us. Since it’s inception, OHD has had over 26 million page views, over 10,000 homes shared and topped 200,000 comments (that number changes as homes are removed from the site). More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

A Map To The Story

27 Apr , 2018  

Thursday’s news brought coverage of the discovery of spaces described by local media as a cave, tunnel, and/or cavern. Beginning in the area north of the former National Electrical Supply building on the northeast corner of East Fourth and North Diamond, apparently one or more head west toward Temple Court. More…

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History & Tourism

Oak Hill Cottage Debuts New Website; Opens For Tours

13 Apr , 2018  

There’s great news this month at Oak Hill Cottage, inside and out!

The inside news comes in the form of the commencement of tours for the 2018 season. This year, tours are available on Sundays from 2 PM to 5PM, now through December. The price is just $5, and $1 for children 12 and under. During the Sunday tour hours, the Carriage House is open at no charge. More…

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History & Tourism

Easter Sunday To Feature Historic Churches On 1812Blockhouse

31 Mar , 2018  

In celebration of those local faith communities for which this is a highly significant weekend, 1812Blockhouse will be re-showcasing three Mansfield church buildings which have been the subject of posts in our Landmarks of Mansfield series.

We will be resuming our regular publication cycle first thing on Monday morning.

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History & Tourism

Appleseed Center And Museum Moving And Expanding

15 Mar , 2018  

An announced move 80 miles to the southwest of Richland County is tied to the county by a common history.

One of the key locations that was home to pioneer nurseryman John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was Mansfield and north central Ohio. He lived here, owned land here, and planted apple trees and orchards here through much of his adult life. Mansfield has long claimed Johnny as one of its own. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Healing History: A Tour Of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

8 Feb , 2018  

With recent news in local media profiling improvements made at Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center, including the addition of a second arena and a new entrance for the facility on Marion Avenue, we thought that we would reshare this post and set of photos taken by us during last May’s RichHistory Weekend:

As Sunday afternoon’s tour neared its end, guide Liberty Combs noted how fitting it was that the vision of industrialist Frank Black for an equestrian center is being carried forward, one hundred years later. More…

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All About Richland

Landmarks of Mansfield: The Women’s Club Building

28 Jan , 2018  

There are a handful of structures standing in Mansfield today that very much “connect the dots.” These buildings tie important eras in the city’s history together, serving therefore as important landmarks that continue to inform and inspire.

One such building sits at 145 Park Avenue West, known locally as The Women’s Club. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Renaissance To Celebrate Anniversary With Weekend Long Celebration

26 Dec , 2017  

In a blizzard on January 19, 1928, the Ohio Theatre opened on Park Avenue West in Mansfield. Ninety years later, the venue was renamed the Renaissance Theatre following a purchase and major restoration in the 1980s and has been continuously operated since as a performing arts organization and venue. The Renaissance will celebrate its 90th Anniversary on the weekend of its opening, January 18 through 20, 2018. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Colonial Christmas To Be Held In South Park

24 Nov , 2017  

The Blockhouse will be bustling with holiday activity on Saturday, December 2, as the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) hosts a Colonial Christmas.

From 2-6 pm, stop by the Blockhouse for an 18th Century Christmas. Enjoy hot apple cider, cookies, and conversation with historical reenactors displaying period accouterments and music. More…

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All About Richland, History & Tourism

Join The First Families Of Richland County

30 Oct , 2017  

Are you a descendant from one of the pioneer families in the Mansfield area? And, perhaps just as importantly, can you prove that connection?

If so, you could be eligible for membership in that limited number of individuals who are members of the First Families of Richland County. Sponsored by the Richland County Genealogical Society, this is a lineage society that honors members whose ancestors who lived within the original boundaries of Richland County before December 31, 1840. More…

Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Mansfield: Fifth And Walnut

6 Sep , 2017  

The vintage brick residence in downtown Mansfield is officially known as 159 North Walnut Street. Many locals, however, know it as the house at “The Corner of Fifth and Walnut,” the name of author M. Eileen Levinson’s autobiographical work profiling her childhood there in the 1920s and 1930s. More…

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