History & Tourism

Cedar Point Gearing Up For A Full, Fun, Safe Summer

22 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

In the middle of each winter, we make an exception to our posting schedule to bring you a special “Summer Road Trip” to a place that generations of Richland Countians have known well and loved — Cedar Point Amusement Park.

Each winter, we post the Park’s look at new attractions and events for the coming season. Enjoy!

With the health and safety of guests and associates at its forefront, Cedar Point is excited to offer a full season of entertainment in 2021, including the celebration of its postponed 150th anniversary during the heart of the summer. Also returning are signature special events, a spectacular nighttime parade and party, a new family river adventure ride and chances to win the unprecedented Ticket of a Lifetime. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Johnny Appleseed Days

8 Oct , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we have been continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

Well, summer is technically over, but there are still fun festivals and events taking place within an easy drive of Richland County during these early days of fall. With a title like “Johnny Appleseed Days,” and given Johnny’s Richland County connections, we couldn’t resist sharing information about this weekend event in nearby Findlay. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Explore Ohio’s Appalachian Country

28 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio. Find it Here.

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

As the season winds to a close, the opportunities for short distance travel still exist.

Today we look at a part of Ohio that takes almost no time to reach, but provides a unique experience for visitors.

As people look for ways to extend their summer travel, the next few weeks will be an ideal time to explore Appalachian Ohio. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River, Ohio’s Appalachian Country, which covers 32 of Ohio’s 88 counties, offers visitors incredible opportunities to travel close to home while staying safe during the pandemic. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Treasure Island Day

8 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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’re talking about treasure. Got your attention?

No, we’re not talking about buccaneers and buried gold, although there is an island and what some might consider “treasure” involved. More…

All About Richland

Summer Road Trips: Traditional Band Concert Features Mansfield Area Musicians

4 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

This featured road trip is just about as close as you can possibly get, as the city of Galion actually extends into the southwest part of Richland County. It is also a rare opportunity to attend an old fashioned community band concert in this part of Ohio, one that showcases talent known to Richland County audiences. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Encounter A Giraffe

31 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

Here’s a question for you. How can you experience nature up close, while at the same time having limited human contact other than those with whom you arrived? For animal lovers during a pandemic, it can be the best of both worlds.

An Ohio staple for generations, the 65 acre African Safari Wildlife Park is open daily in Port Clinton, capacity permitting. Visitors who choose to remain in their cars at the Drive-Thru Safari can still have the opportunity to see a number of animal species that are not native to Ohio.  More…

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History & Tourism

100 Years Later; New Ohio Road Trip And Local Stories Profile Women Who Blazed Trails

20 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohio. Find It Here.

Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which allowed universal suffrage regardless of sex.

To mark the occasion, we are first sharing a special “Summer Road Trip” which looks at a brand new Women in History Road Trip launched by Ohio. Find it Here. and then looking local at four Richland Roots posts by 1812Blockhouse that profile Richland County women who have made a difference.

In honor of major milestones in women’s history and the centennial of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote on August 18, 1920, Ohio. Find It Here. developed a Women in History Road Trip. Eight stops in eight different Ohio cities, both urban and rural, provide travelers and history buffs the opportunity to experience Ohio’s strong connection to the women’s suffrage movement. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Ohio: An Unnatural History

29 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Hayes Presidential Library and Museums

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

  • A monster that appeared to be half-man and half-dog wielding a 2-by-4 terrorized a small Northwest Ohio town during the summer of 1972.
  • A mysterious creature resembling a sea serpent has been sighted throughout the centuries on Lake Erie.
  • Grassman, known in other parts of the country as Bigfoot or Sasquatch, continues to be sighted in parts of Ohio.
  • And the light of the headless rider’s motorcycle has startled teens looking for a scare near Oak Harbor for decades.

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Experience Shakespeare In Person Or At Home

19 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

The unique kind of summer Ohio is experiencing has meant that trips and vacations have been kept a bit closer to home, and many are emphasizing outdoor experiences.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival is doing something important this summer — it is making works of the great bard available both in person and online. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Beautiful Butterflies

5 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. 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.

The unique kind of summer Ohio is experiencing has meant that trips and vacations have been kept a bit closer to home, and many are emphasizing outdoor experiences.

One easy to undertake day road trip for the Summer of 2020, particularly for those who enjoy the beauty of butterflies, is the extraordinary Butterfly Ridge in the Hocking Hills. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: Hocking Hills Reopening By The Fourth Of July

8 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Quite honestly, we weren’t entirely sure a month or so ago that we would have the opportunity to post in our Summer Road Trip series in 2020. As Ohio re-opens in a measured and safe way, additional venues and attractions are coming online. Fair and festivals may be out for the time being, but interesting places to visit are very much on tap.

So this year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique 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.

As you may know, Ohio’s State Parks have generally been open for hiking and visiting, but one of the best-known has been shut down. That is about to change. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: The Largest Horse Parade East Of The Mississippi

6 Sep , 2019  

This summer, we’ve continued our yearly tradition of taking a weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. 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, for the last post in our Summer Road Trip series for 2019, we’re turning our attention to a remarkable parade taking place this weekend just an hour down I71 or US42. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: A Festival Of Ohio Arts And Crafts

25 Aug , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. 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’re turning our attention to a historic venue that is turning its attention to all things Buckeye. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: This Is One Festival That Really Smells

16 Aug , 2019  

Sorry, we couldn’t resist that one. We are talking about garlic, after all.

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.

According to its website, it might well be “The Smelliest Food Festival in America.” It’s the 7th annual Cleveland Garlic Festival at historic Shaker Square, sponsored by the North Union Farmers Market. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Travel Ohio’s Newest Water Trail

9 Aug , 2019  

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique festivals, events, and attractions that are within an easy driving distance. 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’re turning our attention to a place where the beauty of nature joins opportunities for the whole family. More…

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