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Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Johnny Appleseed’s Run for Reinforcements

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2018
1. Johnny Appleseed’s Run for Reinforcements Marker
Inscription.  The killing of local shopkeeper Levi Jones stirred rumors of an impending Indian attack. Mansfield’s settlers needed help. On the evening of August 9, 1813, Johnny Appleseed is believed to have embarked from here on a daring overnight journey to the settlements of Clinton and Mount Vernon for reinforcements.

At the time of Appleseed’s run, this square was the site of two blockhouses erected during the War of 1812. One blockhouse, constructed of round logs by a Captain Scheeffer of Fairfield County, stood at the intersection of Main Street and Park Avenue West. Colonel Charles Williams of Coshocton built the other blockhouse of hewn logs. It was located in the middle of the north side of the square and later served as Mansfield’s first courthouse.
 
Erected 1999 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the Longaberger Company, Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 03-70.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Johnny Appleseed’s Run for Reinforcements Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 26, 2018
2. Johnny Appleseed’s Run for Reinforcements Marker
. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
 
Location. 40° 45.527′ N, 82° 30.921′ W. Marker is in Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Park Avenue East (Route 42), on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mansfield OH 44902, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Abraham Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); Mansfield Blue Star Mothers War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Allen J. (A. J.) Vandayburg (a few steps from this marker); Richland County Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Richland County World War I Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Richland County Soldiers' Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison Township Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Commander Edward Parker Wood (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
 
Also see . . .  Barefoot runner follows Johnny Appleseed's footsteps. 2013 article by Luke Beekman in the Richland Source. “This is McCardel’s third year running barefoot, and he’s
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taking on a historic challenge on August 9. Johnny Appleseed’s 200th Anniversary run will take him close to 54 miles round trip from Mansfield, to Mount Vernon, and back again.” (Submitted on May 27, 2018.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 30, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 124 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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