History & Tourism

Travel Richland Without Breaking Healthy Routines

14 Feb , 2021  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

It’s no secret: travel can interrupt healthy routines. While there are plenty of times when we want to allow ourselves some healthy indulgence, if you’re just starting a new habit or made a New Year’s Resolution, experts say it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become a habit. But traveling doesn’t have to reset the counter to zero. Whether you’re planning a road trip or staying close to home, there are many opportunities to get out of the house while sticking to your new healthy habit. More…

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History & Tourism

Midstory Focuses In On Mansfield

28 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Toledo-based Midstory describes itself this way:

“Midstory is dedicated to inform, interpret and inspire in post-indsturial communities across the Midwest through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.”

It does so through individual stories, series, podcasts, and more. Its goal is nothing less than creating a “…renewed socio-cultural capital in the Midwest.”

Having focused its lens not only on places, but on cultural and social topics ranging from local journalism in the Midwest to social inequities in reopening public libraries during the pandemic, this month it turned its attention to Richland County and, in particular, the city of Mansfield. 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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Have An Awesome August in Richland County

3 Aug , 2020  

From our great friends at Destination Mansield – Richland County. If you are looking for the latest on events and attractions in Richland County and the area, visit their great website here.

No matter what back-to-school will look like for your family, there is still plenty of socially-distanced summer fun to be had in Richland County. Watch as racing returns to Mid-Ohio, enjoy drive-in entertainment, shop Ohio’s Longest Yard Sale, explore historic mansions, and more. More…

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History & Tourism

The New Ohio Literary Trail Has Local Stops

2 Aug , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse; Ohioana Library Association

Several Ohio counties have stops along the new Ohio Literary Trail.

Only a handful have more than one, Richland County among them.

The Ohioana Library Association has announced this new program that will connect readers and Ohio writers and shine the spotlight on Ohio’s unique role in shaping culture and literature worldwide.

Ohioana compiled the trail map with more than 70 sites across the Buckeye state, paying tribute to the authors, poets, illustrators, libraries, and creative influencers of the written word who have called Ohio home. Tourists planning a literary-themed outing, as well as Ohioans who want to discover literary treasures they never knew existed in their own backyard, will find it here. 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

June Will Be Just Fine In Richland County

1 Jun , 2020  

By: Destination Mansfield – Richland County; 1812Blockhouse Staff

Across Richland County, there is a yearning for places that make life seem normal to reopen, combined with a realization that as they do so, they will be taking steps to safeguard the health of visitors and patrons.

With this in mind, our great friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County have  put together a post of monthly event highlights, the first in some time. We are happy to share this list of June events with you:

Now that Ohio has started to open, both virtual and in-person events are now returning to our calendar. Many of our member businesses have had to close their doors during the quarantine, but we couldn’t be more excited to support them as they reopen their doors to the public. More…

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History & Tourism

Clean Is The New Green

27 May , 2020  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County:

Everyone used to talk about their “green” initiatives. Now we’re all talking about our “clean” initiatives. As the tourism industry opens, one segment at a time, our museums, attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, and recreation options are armed with robust cleaning procedures and are getting ready for visitors and locals alike.

The Destination Mansfield-Richland County staff spent March and April reaching out to a large sample of members to hear how they plan to keep visitors safe. We asked about new cleanliness routines and learned how many of our members will be changing how they do business. Our local businesses are pioneers in this new environment, and they have stepped up to the plate to meet these challenges and build consumer confidence in our tourism product. More…

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History & Tourism

COVID-19 Travel Information For Mansfield & Richland County

15 Mar , 2020  

The great folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County are keenly aware of the different ways in which the present public health situation is impacting, and will likely continue to impact the remarkable tourism industry in Richland County and for Richland Countians..

To that end, they have shared the following overview in response to those potential changes: More…

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History & Tourism

Richland County Tourism Destinations Offering New Experiences In 2020

20 Feb , 2020  

Richland County already has an amazing lineup of tourism and visitor destinations, and several of those attractions are introducing exciting new experiences this year. Whether you have visited these places before or haven’t yet, put them on your list of 2020 Must Visit Locations.

Garden Gateway at Kingwood Center Gardens

The new Garden Gateway will transform the visitor experience at the historic garden estate of Kingwood Center Gardens. The Garden Gateway will feature an auto garden, a visitor center, and updated garden areas. More…

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Richland County’s 2019 Tourism Success Shared

8 Dec , 2019  

Though the year is not quite over, the local tourism bureau Destination Mansfield has analyzed the value of the tourism dollars spent in Richland County this year, and the numbers are very exciting for our local economy.

Destination Mansfield – Richland County recently reported that, led by the Shawshank 25 Anniversary weekend, Inkcarceration, Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championships, close to 100,000 visitors from 43 states and at least 6 countries came to Richland County. In all, events generated nearly $10 Million in spending. More…

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Fun Ideas for an Ohio Mini Vacation This Fall

12 Sep , 2019  

Just in time for cooling temperatures and vibrant foliage, Ohio. Find It Here and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are teaming up to launch the Fall in Ohio microsite  – an easy-to-navigate online resource perfect for locals and visitors seeking leaf-peeping tips, incredible fall color views, quintessential festivals and must-see attractions. Richland County sites are very much included in the mix. More…

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Starting A Richland County Airbnb? Here’s What You Need To Know

28 Apr , 2019  

Destination Mansfield – Richland County has shared information about new updates which impact those in the county who provide overnight lodging to paying guests. As this information is important, it is shared below in its entirety as posted by the organization. More…


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It’s Time For An Awesome April!

2 Apr , 2019  

From our friends at Destination Mansfield:

The clocks have sprung forward and we have more and more sunlight to enjoy each day. The April calendar is filling up with lots of events to get you out of the house and into those warming temps. End your winter hibernation with outdoor festivals, special art exhibits, book talks, and featured performances that are sure to be worth your time. More…


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So What’s Cool And Unusual To Visit Around Here?

25 Jan , 2019  

These days, folks on the lookout for something out of the ordinary sometimes turn to a unique type of atlas. Unlike the usual road maps found at gas stations and the magazine section of your local store, this type of guide shares information about different and off-the-beaten-track places and how to find them.

It’s called the Atlas Obscura, and it includes both an online presence as well as a new line of travel guides available at your favorite bookstore. More…