RichHistory Weekend Makes History Fun!

Come explore, learn, and share in Richland County’s history during RichHistory Weekend on May 6 & 7, 2017! The weekend is presented by The RichHistory Alliance, an organization created to bring partners together to educate and interest both locals and visitors with the “RichHistory” of the area by hosting various events throughout the year.

“This is a one-of-a-kind gathering of historic societies and sites that doesn’t have many rivals in counties across the state”, according to Destination Mansfield-Richland County President, Lee Tasseff.  “Richland County is blessed to have as many offerings as we do and this weekend is a wonderful opportunity to experience them yourself or with your family.”

Living History

Attendees can travel Richland County, exploring museums and hidden treasures featured over the weekend. Peek behind the scenes and into the past of downtown Mansfield on the “Secret City” Tour or travel to Malabar Farm for their featured “History Hike.” See the 1920’s come back to life at the dinner theatre at St. Luke’s Point of Grace.  Dare to explore the “normal to the paranormal” at Malabar Farm after dark for one of their famous Night Haunt.

Gain a new perspective and hear stories about our heritage. Hear tales about Richland County’s role in the Underground Railroad at the Richland County Museum. Learn from the experts at the Ohio Genealogical Society in their ancestry research workshop. Get a peek at the fashions of history at Oak Hill Cottage’s Victorian Fashion tour. Hear from pioneer writer Laura Ingalls Wilder at Malabar Farm State Park. Enjoy the historic Blockhouse with craft and trade demonstrations.

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In addition to all the RichHistory Weekend activities, the Ohio Civil War Show celebrates its 40th anniversary at the Richland County Fairgrounds. The featured activities include battle reenactments and a 30-Gun Artillery Show, along with the 6-Gun Battery firing demonstrations. Enjoy period music and speeches from “Abraham Lincoln”. Don’t forget to check out some of the 750 vendors selling military memorabilia and antiques.  Get more information at

Anyone who says history is fun hasn’t explored the RichHistory Weekend or the Ohio Civil War Show in Richland County.  Extend your stay with one of the area’s hotels, bed & breakfasts, or campgrounds at  Free area guides are also available to download.