Tom Clabaugh

Tom Clabaugh getting the log cabin open for visitors.

MANSFIELD -- If you didn't visit one of the museums in Richland County this past weekend you missed RichHistory Weekend.

The event is also linked to a lengthy list of historical sites and establishments from all over the county, including: Shelby Museum, Kingwood Center Gardens, Little Buckeye Children's Museum, Lucas Area Historical Society, Malabar Farm State Park, Mansfield Fire Museum, Mansfield Memorial Museum, Mansfield Richland County Public Library, North Central Ohio Industrial Museum, Oak Hill Cottage, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ohio State Reformatory, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Plymouth Area Museum, Richland Early American Center for History; REACH, Richland County Museum, Shiloh Area Historical Society, St. Luke's Point of Grace, Shelby Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Johnny Appleseed Historic Byway, and Mohican Wildlife Weekend.

If some of the places listed are new to you, it's time to visit one or all to learn about Richland County's forefathers and places. This area is rich with history. The amazing thing is most of the spots are free to visit and learn about the past. They are all within a short driving distance and there is so much to see and do at each destination.

Shelby Museum had a visitor from Australia last weekend. The visitor was thrilled with all that the Shelby Museum and Log Cabin had to offer. There were numerous activities for children to participate in and lots of prizes.

If you cannot tell the story of the Shelby Light Bulb, then the museum is the place to visit and learn. If you would like to know more about Shelby's past and how it grew from the 1800's, this is the museum to visit.

According to Sally Maier, “Shelby is rich in history. In the 1920's Shelby had more industry than any community twice its size.”

Plymouth had “Night at the Museum” entertainment at a very low cost for those interested.

St. Luke's Point of Grace at 2 Marion Avenue, Mansfield has an outdoor display of Scouting history.

If you visit the Ohio State Reformatory you can walk the same halls as history's most infamous prisoners.

The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum at 100 Reformatory Road, in Mansfield reveals the entrepreneurial spirit that drove our rich past is still alive and well.

From the bucket brigade to the horse-drawn fire apparatus, through the internal combustion powered equipment, you can experience the many aspects of the history of fire service at the Mansfield Fire Museum located at 1265 West Fourth Street, Mansfield.

For the younger ones there is Little Buckeye Children's Museum where they can explore and play with hands-on exhibits designed to promote curiosity, develop problem-solving skills, encourage critical thinking, expand social skills and much more. Little Buckeye Children's Museum is located at 44 Fourth Street, Mansfield.

So much to see and do in this area, why not visit soon?

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