Introduction to Mansfield, Ohio
Mansfield, Ohio, in Richland county, is 47 miles SW of Elyria, Ohio (center to center) and 60 miles NE of Columbus, Ohio. It's situated in the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau, surrounded by farmlands in north-central Ohio. It's one of the highest elevated cities in the state. Years ago, Mansfield was known for heavy industry. Retail, healthcare and education are significant factors for the economy. The city's nickname is "The Heart of Ohio." The climate is regarded as humid continental.
The town was settled in 1808 and was named in tribute to Jared Mansfield, a U.S. Surveyor General who directed the planning of the town. The railroad arrived in 1846 which significantly attributed to Mansfield becoming a major manufacturing location. It was a prominent stove manufacturing center. By the late 1920's Westinghouse was the largest employer. Years later, the manufacturing industries declined and the city became part of the rust belt.
- The Boulevards is an early twentieth century historic neighborhood.
- Mansfield Art Center.
- Kingwood Center is an historic location, featuring a home and numerous gardens. It's included in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Biblewalk is a life-sized wax museum and includes over seventy scenes and a vast number of wax figures.
- Mansfield Playhouse.
- 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard is situated at the Mansfield Lahm Airport.
- Richland County Fair.
- Malabar Farm State Park.
- The Ohio State Reformatory has been included in numerous movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and Tango & Cash. The Administration Building features Gothic-style architecture and is a prominent tourist attraction.
- Mansfield Memorial Museum.
- The Renaissance is an historic movie palace.
- Manfield's Historic Carrousel District includes Richland Carrousel Park.
- The Oak Hill Cottage features Carpenter Gothic architecture.
- Mansfield Motorsports Park.
The city has a large number of parks for outdoor activities. North Lake Park is a popular scenic location. The Deer Ridge Golf Course and the Westbrook Country Club are enjoyed by golfing enthusiasts. Skiers enjoy the Snow Trails Ski Resort. The Richland B & O Bike Trail traverses through one of the most scenic areas in Ohio. Mohican State Park is a popular destination. Pleasant Hill Lake is located in the area.
Mansfield Higher Education
The city is home to a regional campus of Ohio State University, North Central State College and MedCentral College of Nursing. Ashland University and the College of Wooster are nearby.
Air travel is provided at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, and Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport is nearby. The Richland County Transit provides bus service.