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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Richland County, Ohio

Clickable Map of Richland County, Ohio and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Richland County, OH (42) Ashland County, OH (39) Crawford County, OH (36) Huron County, OH (90) Knox County, OH (64) Morrow County, OH (15)  RichlandCounty(42) Richland County (42)  AshlandCounty(39) Ashland County (39)  CrawfordCounty(36) Crawford County (36)  HuronCounty(90) Huron County (90)  KnoxCounty(64) Knox County (64)  MorrowCounty(15) Morrow County (15)
Mansfield is the county seat for Richland County
Adjacent to Richland County, Ohio
      Ashland County (39)  
      Crawford County (36)  
      Huron County (90)  
      Knox County (64)  
      Morrow County (15)  
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1 Ohio, Richland County, Butler — 5-70 — Hemlock Falls / The Groveport River
Side A Hemlock Falls Hemlock Falls is located nearby. Two small streams cascade down the face of the massive sandstone cliff in the shade of tall hemlock trees. One of the falls drops about 60 feet and the other about 100 feet. The rock . . . Map (db m168646) HM
2 Ohio, Richland County, Lexington — Donald & Coralen Bettinger Park
Don and Corky met in Lakeside in the summer of 1949 and were married two years later. Every summer thereafter, Lakeside was a place for family, faith and fun as they raised their four children and spent their lives serving the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . Map (db m196794) HM
3 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — "Johnny Appleseed" Monument(Within This Park)
John Chapman - better known as “Johnny Appleseed” - Pioneer Apple Nurseryman - lived in & around Mansfield for 20 years - 1810 to 1830.Map (db m20705) HM
4 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Memorial
In memory of 120 Reg't Ohio Vol. Inf. 1862 - 1865Map (db m20720) HM
5 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865
. . . Map (db m20757) HM
6 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Allen J. (A. J.) Vandayburg
. . . Map (db m20871) WM
7 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Brooks' Room
The Historic Bissman Building is located in downtown Mansfield and was used as the exterior shot of the Brewster Hotel. The hotel room itself was filmed here at OSR. "Dear Fellas, I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an . . . Map (db m172674) HM
8 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Civil War Cannons
24 pdr. Flank Howitzer - Model 1844 - Cast 1864 Maker; Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, PA. Used on Casement Flank of fortifications to protect against infantry assults [sic]. Range; 1322 yds. at 5 degree Elevation. Bore Dia; 5.82”Map (db m20719) HM
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9 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Commander Edward Parker Wood
. . . Map (db m20883) HM
10 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Congressional Medal of Honor RecipientsState of Ohio, Richland County
Civil War CPT David L. Cockley Georgia 1864 CPT Joseph S. Hedges Tennessee 1864 CPL Smith Larimer Virginia 1865 PVT John Henry Ricksecker Tennessee 1864 SGT James Wiley Pennsylvania 1863 Indian Campaigns COL Ret. Walter Matthias Day . . . Map (db m20860) HM
11 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Memorial Reverse: “Now it doesn't matter. (go ahead! go ahead! Sounding from the audience.) It really doesn't matter what happens now. I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead, (yeah! oh yes!) . . . Map (db m20859) HM
12 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — East Cell Block
The East Cell Block is 6 tiers high and constructed completely of steel. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest free-standing steel cell block, meaning that it is not connected to any outside wall. There are 50 . . . Map (db m172673) HM
13 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 1-70 — First Religious Service1809
Oldest religious congregation in north-central Ohio. First Methodist sermon preached at the “Spring” in 1809 by Rev. James Copus. Services then conducted in blockhouse, 1811; in first court house, 1813; at church home of Dr. William B. . . . Map (db m20682) HM
14 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 2-70 — General James Hedges1780–1854
General Hedges was born in Ohio County, Virginia and taught school in that state before coming to Ohio in 1803. As a Deputy Surveyor, he worked in Ashland, Holmes, Knox, Medina and Wayne Counties, and purchased 19,000 acres in future . . . Map (db m117824) HM
15 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Gold Star Families Monument
The purpose of the Mansfield Ohio Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star Families, preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. This stunning black granite monument features two . . . Map (db m181455) WM
16 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — John Chapman"Johnny Appleseed" Monument
Marker Front: In memory of John Chapman Best known as Johnny Appleseed Pioneer apple nurseryman of Richland County from 1810 to 1830 Marker Reverse: Erected by Park Trustees M. B. Bushnell H. M. Weaver R. . . . Map (db m20708) HM
17 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 6-70 — John Sherman, 1823-1900 / The Sherman Anti-Trust Act
Side A: John Sherman 1923-1900 Born in Lancaster, Fairfield County, John Sherman moved to Mansfield to practice law and was elected to Congress in 1854 as one of the first Republicans. In 1861, Sherman was elected to the U.S. Senate. . . . Map (db m20684) HM
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18 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 03-70 — Johnny Appleseed’s Run for Reinforcements
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 . . . Map (db m117842) HM
19 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 9-70 — Johnny Appleseed’s Town Lot
John “Appleseed” Chapman is considered one of Richland County’s original pioneers. In the summer of 1809, Chapman arrived in the Mansfield area just as Mansfield’s first town lots were being offered for sale. Chapman purchased town . . . Map (db m117826) HM
20 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Lincoln Highway Marker
1st Coast to Coast Highway 1913Map (db m181452) HM
21 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Lt. Col. Jared Mansfield
Mansfield, Ohio City founded in 1808 Named for Lt. Col. Jared Mansfield (1759-1830) Surveyor General United States of AmericaMap (db m20749) HM
22 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Madison Township Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building
Erected 1888 In memory of the Soldiers-Sailors and the Marines of all wars First Board of Trustees Eckles McCoy • Huntington Brown • Abraham G. Cummins • James H. Herring • Norman M. Wolfe Appointed by Manuel May Judge Court of . . . Map (db m20884) HM
23 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield Block House
(Within This Park) Built during War of 1812 in Central Park - a refuge in time of Indian alarms. Rebuilt for Mansfield Centennial in 1908. Now used as a Boy Scout meeting place.Map (db m20685) HM
24 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield BlockhouseUnited States Daughters of 1812
Built for protection of settlers during the War of 1812Map (db m154902) HM
25 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield Blue Star Mothers War Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of this community who served our country in time of war, and in memory of those who lost their lives.Map (db m20709) WM
26 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfields 135th Anniversary & Veterans Memorial
Rededicated in celebration of the City of Mansfield's 135th anniversary and to all veterans. Donated by Mansfield Brick & Supply Co. 1983Map (db m181463) WM
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27 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield's War of 1812 BlockhouseScouting Heritage
Mansfield Boy Scout Troop 6 used this blockhouse as its meeting place for a period of fifty-one years from 1929 to 1980. After a fire ravaged much of the lower portion of Mansfield's Blockhouse in 1938, it was the Boy Scouts that spearheaded its . . . Map (db m154901) HM
28 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield's War Of 1812 Blockhouse
1812 -built in Central Park for protection against Native American attack in the War of 1812 1813 -renovated for $48 by Luther Coe to house Mansfied's first courthouse and jail 1816 - sold at auction to James Curren for $56.40 and . . . Map (db m181458) HM
29 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Mansfield's War Of 1812 Blockhouse
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 . . . Map (db m181459) HM
30 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Richland County Korean War MemorialFreedom Is Not Free
The Veterans of the Korean War “They went, not for conquest, and not for gain, but only to protect the anguished and the innocent. They suffered greatly and by their heroism in a thousand battles, they added a luster to . . . Map (db m20754) WM
31 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Richland County Soldiers' Monument
This memorial was donated by M.D. Harter, Treasurer and General Manager of the Aultman-Taylor Company. It was dedicated November 10, 1881. The inscription on the original plaque read: “To the memory of Richland County's honored dead who . . . Map (db m20743) WM
32 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Richland County Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
Ackerman, James Carroll 20 PFC Army Mansfield • Au, Keith Warren 21 PFC USMC Lucas • Auer, Edward Adolph 29 SSGT Army Mansfield • Baker, Richard Allan 20 PFC USMC Mansfield • Baumberger, Richard L Jr 20 BM3 Navy Mansfield • . . . Map (db m182817) WM
33 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Richland County War Memorial
Dedicated to the men and women of Richland County who served our country in time of war, and in memory of those who lost their lives. Presented to the Citizens of Richland County as a Bicentennial Event Lest We Forget America's Wars • . . . Map (db m20866) WM
34 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Richland County World War I Memorial
In memory of Richland County's devoted sons and daughters who rendered valiant service to their country and civilization in the Great World War, 1917-1918. November 11, 1922Map (db m20892) HM
35 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Sultana Tragedy
On April 27, 1865 the Sultana, a 260 foot, wooden-hulled, steamboat exploded, burned, and sank on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee. Approximately 2400 people were on board, six times the ship's legal limit. More than 1700 lives were . . . Map (db m20888) HM
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36 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — The Chapel
In the last year of operation, this area was used for recreation. Televisions were mounted on the North wall. The Chapel is where the religious reform of all inmates took place every Sunday. Going to church services was required and all 1,900 . . . Map (db m172672) HM
37 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — 4-70 — The Ohio State Reformatory
Designed by architect Levi T. Scofield, the Ohio State Reformatory opened its doors in 1896 as a facility to rehabilitate young male offenders through hard work and education. A self-sufficient institution with its own power plant and working farm, . . . Map (db m20683) HM
38 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — The Sultana Disaster
In Memory of the 73 men of the 102nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry who died as a result of the steamship “Sultana” blowing up on April 27, 1865 while returning 2,400 prisoners of war, on the Mississippi River. The result was the loss of over . . . Map (db m20867) HM
39 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — Vasbinder Fountain
Donated by David and Jane Vasbinder to the City of Mansfield on July 4, 1881, and served as the focal point of Central Park until December 17, 1958. Restored and relocated back into Central Park on July 4, 1979. The restoration of the Vasbinder . . . Map (db m20872) HM
40 Ohio, Richland County, Mansfield — We Remember The Holocaust And Say... Never Again
We Remember The Holocaust And We Say... "Never Again" We The Citizens Of Mansfield Will Be World Watchers. We Will Never Again Allow The Innocent To Be Slaughtered For Their Faith And Do Nothing We Remember The Past So We Can Change The . . . Map (db m181453) WM
41 Ohio, Richland County, Perrysville — 8-70 — Louis Bromfield / Malabar Farm
Louis Bromfield Acclaimed author, conservationist, and farmer Louis Bromfield was born in Mansfield in 1896. A graduate of the city's schools, he went on to study agriculture at Cornell University in 1914, but left in 1915 to help run his . . . Map (db m46335) HM
42 Ohio, Richland County, Shenandoah — Union Meeting House Bell
This belled called to worship the early pioneers of Shenandoah to the "Union Meeting House" est. in 1849Map (db m159680) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023