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

Mansfield's War Of 1812 Blockhouse

 
 
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By TeamOHE, September 5, 2021
1. Mansfield's War Of 1812 Blockhouse Marker
Inscription.  Although during the early 1800s, blockhouses much like this one were a common form of protection in case of Native American uprising, Mansfield's Blockhouse is the last standing with its original timbers. In 1812 eleven blockhouses were built throughout the Mansfield area.
This blockhouse, the last remaining of the eleven, was first located in Mansfield's Central Park. The Blockhouse of 1812 was built by Col. Charles Williams and company from Coshocton, Ohio with the help of local settlers. Being temporary structures, the blockhouses, intended solely for use in the War of 1812, were demolished once they had outlived their purpose.
Mansfield's Blockhouse of 1812, however, has a longer history. As the War of 1812 came to a close, Mansfield found itself in need of a courthouse and jail. Rather than building a new.structure, the settlers decided to use the existing blockhouse that was then located at Central Park. In 1813, this blockhouse was renovated by Luther Coe. The flower crib of the blockhouse became Mansfield's first jail, while the upper crib became Mansfield's first courthouse.
It was used in this capacity
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for three years before being sold to James Curre.. Now protected from the fate of demolition predestined for the other blockhouses, Mansfield's Blockhouse of 1812 lasted another ninety years before being reacquired by the City of Mansfield in 1906.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesWar of 1812. A significant historical year for this entry is 1812.
 
Location. 40° 45.364′ N, 82° 32.497′ W. Marker is in Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland County. Marker is on Brinkerhoff Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mansfield OH 44906, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mansfield's War of 1812 Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); Mansfield Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Mansfield's War Of 1812 Blockhouse (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Mansfields 135th Anniversary & Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Chapman (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sultana Disaster (within shouting distance of this marker); 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mansfield.
 
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By TeamOHE, September 5, 2021
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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