DescriptionMansfield was laid out in 1808 under the direction of Surveyor General of the United States Jared Mansfield. As the surrounding lands were cleared and cultivated in the 1820s, Mansfield became a center of trade and commerce. In the late 1840s and 1850s the arrivals of the railroads and telegraph drew the first industries, such as the Ohio Brass Co. and Aultman and Taylor, makers of threshing machines.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield is a native of Mansfield. John Sherman, brother of Gen. William T. Sherman and author of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, practiced law here for a time. Mansfield also has fostered artists. Displays of their works, including acrylic paintings, watercolors, photographs, quilts and weavings, can be seen at the Mansfield Art Center , 700 Marion Ave; phone (419) 756-1700.
Visitor InfoMansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitors' Bureau 124 N. Main St. MANSFIELD, OH 44902. Phone:(800)642-8282
ShoppingRichland Mall, 1 mile south of US 30 at W. Fourth Street and Lexington-Springmill Road, features JCPenney, Macy's and Sears.
Self-guiding toursThe convention and visitors bureau offers brochures detailing a driving tour of local film sites used in the 1994 movie “The Shawshank Redemption.” Among the locations are the 1896 Ohio State Reformatory, Oak Tree and Central Park.
Things to SeeBibleWalk