History & Tourism

The Past Came Alive This Weekend

5 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

There were times on Sunday afternoon when 1812Blockhouse visited the American Heritage Days at South Park, hosted by the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH), when it seemed as if we had taken a quick 200 year-plus journey to the past.

From some angles, all one could see were period buildings and reeanctors going about the site.

There was an occasional tiny modern intrusion. As we took the photo of one reenactor, he suggested that we take another shot as he had his cell phone in front of him — something we confess that we hadn’t even noticed! More…

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History & Tourism

American Heritage Days This Weekend

30 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The past will come alive in Mansfield’s South Park this October as REACH (Richland Early American Center for History) presents its Fourth Annual American Heritage Days.

Join REACH members on October 3 and 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM to discover what it was like to live in early America during the 18th and 19th centuries from living historical reenactors.

Throughout the day there will be crafts, trades, demonstrations, and activities, including blacksmithing, 18th century bagpipe demonstrations, games and children’s activities, open hearth cooking demonstrations, and civilian and military reenactments. More…

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Blacksmith Shop Proposal Heard By City Council

23 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Tuesday’s marathon set of meetings for Mansfield City Council saw that body review over 20 pieces of legislation. Over the coming days, we will review several of those measures.

It may not have a big price tag, but a request of the Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) was one of the items on Tuesday that caused the most discussion.

Bill #20-145, which received a first reading, is a measure which would grant a license to REACH to erect a blacksmith’s shop in South Park in the vicinity of both the Blockhouse and the newly-constructed cabin. More…

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History In South Park: Gallery

6 Oct , 2019  

The gathering at the Blockhouse in South Park continues on Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM.

This event is free to the public, and includes tours of the historic Blockhouse and “new” Log Cabin, as well as musket and cannon demonstrations, 18th century cooking, blacksmithing, and bagpipes! The event is presented by Richland Early American Center for History (REACH). More…

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New South Park Cabin Taking Shape As October Event Nears

17 Sep , 2019  

Almost three years of work, and countless hours of labor, are near an end as the “new, old” Cabin in South Park nears its first open house.

On Monday morning, concrete was delivered for the base of the porch floors and posts. Open porches on the west and east sides of the structure are currently under construction, each to feature eight foot ceilings. More…

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REACH Holding Planning Meeting

13 Jan , 2017  

Richland Early American Center for History (REACH) will be holding a yearly planning meeting on Saturday beginning at 2:00 PM. This meeting will be opened to all members, those wishing to be members and all interested. More…

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Eighteenth Century Christmas Planned

10 Dec , 2016  

Ever wondered how many current holiday traditions have their roots in the ways that previous generations of Americans commemorated the Christmas holiday?

Here’s one way to gain some insight into that question. Richland Early American Center for History, or “REACH,’ will be presenting an Open House and “18th Century Christmas Celebration” next week. More…

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