All About Richland

Family History Summer Sessions Set For Remainder Of 2019

12 Sep , 2019  

The Ohio Genealogical Society's free free summer sessions on family history research continue this month and October at its nearby Samuel D. Isaly Library near Bellville. All sessions will be held at the Library, except where noted. Pre-registration is requested by calling 419-886-1903. Please watch for additional programs to be added. Read More

,

All About Richland, History & Tourism

Readers Share Sears House Locations

1 Sep , 2019  

Our recent story on the potential for finding houses in Mansfield which were purchased from Sears, Roebuck & Company generated a good amount of online comment and the sharing of actual house locations. That post can be read here: Hey, I Saw Your House In A Catalog: Sears Houses In Mansfield. And, as it turns out, these types of houses can be found in many corners of Richland County. Read More

, , ,

Bellville, History & Tourism

End The Summer With A Rush

8 Aug , 2019  

A gold rush, that is. And it’s likely the only opportunity of its kind in Ohio to do so. Get a sense of the excitement your Richland County ancestors felt when the Buckeye Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America host Ohio Gold Rush Days at the end of the month. Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Henry Ford Returns To Galion This Sunday

22 Jul , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of the Mansfield area. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard. Today we are featuring an event in a community that actually used to be part of Richland County, and is just a short drive to the west. On Sunday, July 28, the Gill House in Galion will be the location for a celebration of local and national history as Preserving Galion, Inc. welcomes guests for its very first “Henry Ford Birthday Celebration.” Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

There’s Gold In Them Thar Hills

15 Jun , 2019  

We’re talking about the hills of Richland County, of course, and in particular the streams near the villages of Bellville and Butler. This part of the county has been attracting would-be treasure hunters yearning for instant fortune now for some 166 years. Read More

,

History & Tourism

A Street By Any Other Name Would Still Be Paved

9 Jun , 2019  

We came across this fact recently and thought we'd share with our readers. One of Richland County’s many streets has two names – one official, and the other honorary. The Village of Plymouth website shares the following interesting message: Read More

,

Bellville, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Richland: The Bellville Bandstand

6 Jun , 2019  

How historically important is the Bellville Bandstand? Consider the fact the it is featured in “Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to the Present” by G.E. Kidder Smith and published by Princeton Architectural Press. Read More

, , ,

History & Tourism

Richland Roots: The Mansfielder Who Became Mayor Of New York City

24 May , 2019  

Followers of political news may know that the newest presidential candidate is New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio. A bit over 120 years ago, another occupant of that office was a man with strong local roots. He was a reformer and set out to improve a corrupt system, a task which did not result in success. His name was William Lafayette Strong. 1812Blockhouse shares posts in our “Richland Roots” series to reveal stories of the less-commonly known people born here, or who lived here, and then went on to make significant contributions to state, regional, or national history. Other posts in the series are available here. Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part One

2 May , 2019  

Shortly before his death in 1909, a husband and wife from Chicago boarded a train and headed south, their destination a relatively new place of higher education in rural Alabama. The couple was no stranger to southern life, having spent years living in Arkansas some three decades before. On this occasion, however, the man was leaving behind a set of business difficulties and accepting a position which had been offered to him by a long-time friend. Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

Richland Roots: Lloyd Garrison Wheeler: Part Two

2 May , 2019  

Part One of our first Richland Roots profile on Mansfield native Lloyd Garrison Wheeler can be accessed here. When Lloyd and Ranie Wheeler made their move to from Illinois to Arkansas in 1870, they had good timing. Just one year later, 3.3 square miles of the central part of Chicago were destroyed by fire. On the other hand, Reconstruction-era Arkansas was a very difficult location for Wheeler as he set out to establish a law practice. Family legend says that a billy club found within his effects after his death was protection in case he might become the target of Ku Klux Klan activity. Read More

, ,

All About Richland, History & Tourism

Bayonets And Bottles

23 Apr , 2019  

This May, two shows on successive weekends will bring hundreds of visitors to the Richland County Fairgrounds. Spread out over seven buildings with an amazing 750 tables of military items and memorabilia to buy, sell, or trade, the Ohio Civil War Show on May 4 and 5 will also include a number of items from the periods of World Wars I and II. Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

RichHistory Weekend Approaching; Attractions Prepare

4 Apr , 2019  

The annual RichHistory Weekend will be taking place on May 4 and 5 across Richland County. An updated list of participating venues and happenings, including a calendar of events, is accessible on the RichHistory Alliance website (can be read here). This year, the Weekend includes a new Passport to History adventure for students. Read More

, , ,

History & Tourism

A Great Combination: Hiking And History At Hemlock Falls

31 Mar , 2019  

“Hemlock Falls: History and Lore” walkers will visit the falls and nearby rock formations in a two-hour, morning walk, led and narrated by Alan Wigton of the Richland County Historical Society. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 20 from 10 AM to 12 Noon. Read More

, ,

History & Tourism

Landmarks Of Richland: Historic Downtown Plymouth

12 Mar , 2019  

One could say that the village center of Plymouth might be termed a “One-Half Landmark of Richland,” as Main Street, the downtown’s main thoroughfare, straddles the Richland County – Huron County line. It would be hard to argue, however, that its downtown boasts one of the most intact sets of nineteenth century commercial buildings in north central Ohio. And, as of December of last year, it is also an area recognized as significant by its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Read More

, , ,