Things to do in Mansfield Ohio
Community Discovery Center in the Arts (Music, Dance, Visual Art and Drama) and Sciences. Performances, recitals, jazz concerts/camp, art gallery.
Restored Victorian mansion (1887) of Bishop William M. Brown, turn-of-the-century national political and religious leader, complete with original furnishings. Grounds feature the Bishop’s library, covered walkways and a history museum.
Have you ever eaten warm potato chips? They are great! The Jones Potato Chip Company is a family owned business founded in 1945 by Frederick W. Jones. The Jones family, known for their “marcelled” style potato chips, continues a quality-oriented tradition with second and third generation family members.
Kingwood is the 47-acre former estate of Charles K. King. The grounds are renowned for both their historic significance and the brilliant floral displays of the new gardens. The French Provincial mansion contains many rooms decorated with Mr. King’s original furnishings and one of Ohio’s outstanding horticultural libraries. An elegant greenhouse features year-round displays and plant sales. The extensive grounds offer opportunities for hiking and quiet isolation from vehicles.
The Museum, A nationwide Millennium Project is a “Must See” for all Americans and contains over 10,000 square feet of display space. There is a large Lincoln Highway Exhibit which features a lot of original artifacts and material including the author’s copy of the official history of The Lincoln Highway.
Witness the Holy Bible come to life before your very eyes. From Creation to the Great White Throne Judgment, 41 life-sized dioramas accompanied with special effects and an audio text will provide for you an experience you will never forget. Newly expanded to include Miracles of the Old Testament, Ohio’s only wax museum. A collection of rare Bibles, woodcarvings, and American Votive Folk Art now on display.
In the winter season, Malabar Farm offers a variety of enjoyable andchallenging trails for the skier. The experience you have will depend on the amount of preparation and your physical abilityWe suggest that you stop by the ski shop prior to your trip. Our staff will be happy to provide current information on weather, trail, snow conditions and suggest proper equipment for your trip.
The Mansfield Art Center’s award winning, modern wood and glass building sits on 8 1/2 acres of wooded meadow. The annual exhibition schedule includes two juried shows, four invitational theme shows combining the newest works in all media by contemporary Ohio artists, one very special exhibition borrowed from many of the nation’s most important museums, and the Holiday Fair (an exhibition and sales of fine gifts in November).
A museum of fire fighting history with reproductions of a turn-of-the-century fire station and a part of Main Street in downtown Mansfield featuring the famous Coney Island.
The Mansfield Playhouse is the second oldest and largest producing community theatre in Ohio. Theatre has been a strong tradition in the area since 1929. Embraced by audiences, two community groups joined together in 1967 to form the Mansfield Playhouse. A permanent home was sought and the current location ( a former church) was purchased. After extensive renovations,the Playhouse began offering a full season of shows. Dedicated to providing entertainment, enrichment and education in the art of theatre, the Playhouse produces six mainstage shows, Second Stage productions,and has an active Youth Theatre program. Volunteers are always welcome. The Playhouse is located at 95 E. Third Street – right across from the police station. The box office number is 419-522-2882.
The Memorial Building houses the oldest museum in Richland County. The building was built in 1888 and is the oldest continuously used memorial building in the state of Ohio. The museum houses artifacts of military history of Richland County as well as civil and natural history artifacts. Donations accepted.
The Mansfield Mehock Relays is one of the largest interscholastic relay events in the world. The Mehock Reladys have been an early season “proving ground” for scholastic track stars of Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, and Canada.
(SHANE’S CASTLE) Built in 1847, it has seven gables, five double chimneys and seven marble fireplaces. Louis Bromfield, native of Mansfield and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, played at Oak Hill as a child. His memories of the home were the basis for “Shane’s Castle” in his 1924 novel “The Green Bay Tree.” Operated by the Richland County Historical Society. Considered to be the most perfect Gothic House in the U.S.! We welcome small clubs or family groups!
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is located on the headwater of the Clearfork River in Mansfield, Ohio. The marsh and old growth forest offers great birding and hiking opportunities. Enjoy seeing birds up close at the birds of prey or by walking through the songbird aviary. The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is also a wildlife rehabilitation for native bird species. Groups can schedule” Falcon & Friends”, a live bird presentation. Picnic tables, gift shop area displays.
15,000-volume genealogical library, primarily for Ohio family research, including census records, cemetery listings, Bible records, vertical files, manuscripts, newspapers, and lineage papers for First Families of Ohio (descendants of pre-1820 settlers) and Civil War Families of Ohio. Write for brochure and publications list.
A restored historic 1928 movie palace in grand baroque design. Now a non-profit community performing arts center. Shows range from children’s theatre and classic movies to “big names,” the Mansfield Symphony and the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program. Available for tours and rentals.
First new hand carved wooden carousel to be built since the early 1930s. Fifty-two beautiful animals and two chariots. Indoor facility. Open year-round. Accessible to the handicapped.
Four large, heated buildings: Fairhaven 100’x200’ with office and food service by staff, two buildings, 60’x200’, both with showers, one building, 60’x80’, stage and sound available; all within easy walking distance. Richland County Fair, Flea Markets, Gun Shows, Christmas Wunderland.
An early 1850 schoolhouse and later home of Columbian Grange. Since 1967 it has served as a museum where the visitor may relive the county’s history through viewing memorabilia of other eras on display. Tools, clothing, children’s toys, furniture and paintings.
Ohio’s first and finest resort, is also the best equipped for your skiing or boarding pleasure and relaxing fun. Six chairlifts mean no waiting in long lines. Broad slopes and a warm and comfortable day lodge offer fine skiing, radical riding, casual comfort and the atmosphere of a large mountain resort. Friendly and capable Snow Trails personnel make your visit pleasant and enjoyable. They understand your needs… they know what skiers and boarders want. That’s why Snow Trails is the resort of choice in Ohio.
The historic Ohio blockhouse.
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders. Abandoned in 1990, the original cellblocks and administration areas remain intact. Four major motion pictures have been filmed on location including “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Air Force One”. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, tour admissions are applied directly to the preservation of the building. Donations accepted, gift shop. Not handicapped accessible.
Logan Road Wildlife Gardens are a classic statewide example of city magic – “come alive” The location and size of this city lot is boundless to these living land turtle gardens, wildscaped with Ohio Native Flora. Over 100 Eastern Box Turtles inhabit these winding gardens fully equipped with underground turtle travel ways. We are certified with the National Wildlife Federation.