History & Tourism

Christmas Ghosts To Congregate At Oak Hill Cottage

22 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Oak Hill Cottage “Ghosts” will gather once again this year for an annual lighthearted soiree at the old mansion on the hill.

The evening event on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5 PM to 7 PM introduces the public to the characters who have made Oak Hill their home; from the Robinsons who built the house in 1847, the wealthy Jones family of the late Victorian age, down to the daughters of Dr. Jones who made it a center of social life in the early 1900s.

This year’s “Ghosts of Christmas Past” event will not form guests up into groups because of Covid precautions, and visitors will be sent through the house as they arrive. Cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under, paid at the door.


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History & Tourism

Free Bromfield Coming Soon To An E-Reader Near You

18 Nov , 2021  

Publisher’s Note: We join The Ohio State University at Mansfield in celebrating Bromfield Anniversary Week by sharing stories from our archives centering on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Today’s story was posted in January 2020.

Sometimes, if you wait long enough, some of the best things in life can be yours at no cost.

With the coming of the new year, that includes a treasure trove of American literature, films, and other items that have now had their copyrights lapse due to inaction by the US Congress, and have now entered the public domain. This year, that means works produced in the year 1924.

The same year, mind you, that Mansfielder Louis Bromfield’s first book was published. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Experience Christmases Past Starting Sunday the 21st

11 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Beginning on November 20, the rooms and hallways of Oak Hill Cottage will welcome visitors wanting to turn back the clock and experience a vintage holiday.

The house, built in 1847 by railroad superintendent John Robinson, was characterized as “the one perfect Gothic Revival house in the country” by at one prominent architect. It was then owned for over a century by the family of Dr. Johannes Jones, and is now owned and operated by the Richland County Historical Society. More…

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History & Tourism

You Can Experience The Past Again At Oak Hill Cottage

12 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

This past Sunday, Mansfield’s remarkable gem, Oak Hill Cottage, opened to visitors for the first time in the 2021 tour season.

Like historic house museums across the United States, 2020 was a year of unknowns and the need to severely limit the number of visitors or close their doors entirely. Across north central Ohio, these opportunities to revisit history are opening again on a limited basis. In Galion, for instance, the landmark Gill House will be welcoming guests again starting in May.

Oak Hill Cottage chose April 11 as their opening date, and the museum will be open from 2 PM to 5 PM on Sunday afternoons. Tours now require appointments and tours are limited to six people. More…


History & Tourism

Ghosts Of Christmases Past At Oak Hill

2 Dec , 2019  

This December Oak Hill Cottage will once again present its special Christmas offering in which the Cottage becomes a scene of chaos as former inhabitants from ages past are pressed into service as tour guides. More…

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History & Tourism

Society Invites Guests To Renovated Carriage House

18 Sep , 2019  

Take a few moments on Wednesday evening to experience a trip both to the past and to the future.

The Richland County Historical Society is welcoming guests to the newly renovated Carriage House, across the street from Oak Hill Cottage. The facility has been transformed and now offers larger meeting space that will assist the Society with meetings and other events for years to come. More…


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

Oak Hill Open For Tours

7 Apr , 2017  

Perhaps you have an interest in local history, or you might be a fan of writer Louis Bromfield and enjoy visiting sites associated with his books. Or its possible that you are an architecture enthusiast who appreciates unique experiences to visit outstanding examples of particular building styles.

If any of these are the case, come to Oak Hill Cottage this Sunday and you’ll be in luck! More…

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History & Tourism

Refinement At Oak Hill Cottage

4 Nov , 2016  

As these photos show (click photo below for more), everyone appeared to be on their best behavior on Monday as a group of Brownies arrived at Oak Hill Cottage for an experience involving tea and etiquette.

As a reminder, the Gothic Revival House, which dates from 1847, is open on Sundays through December from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is just a $5 donation for adults, with children at $1 (ages 12 and under). More…