Secret City tour

All sorts of rarely seen sights are part of Mansfield's Secret City Tour

MANSFIELD -- One good thing is taking place in 2021, Downtown Mansfield Inc. is having two Secret City Tours in one year for the first time ever.

The Fall Secret City Tour is set for Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a chance to take a peek into some of Mansfield's most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. Some of the buildings on the Fall 2021 Secret City Tour will be: 129 North Main Street (former Eagle’s Building), 23 North Main Street (formerly Yellow Deli), 33 North Main Street (formerly Squirrel’s Den), 70 West Fourth Street (former News Journal Building), 21 East Temple Court, 29 East 4th Street (second floor), 27 East 4th Street (second floor), and more.

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased online or on event day at the DMI HQ at 128 North Main Street. 

“The Secret City Tour is one of our most loved events.” said Jennifer Kime, DMI CEO. “Whether people are looking for a location to locate their own business, just take photos or for the sake of pure curiosity, the tour is always a great opportunity to see unique, often unseen spaces in downtown. This year, there is renewed excitement in activating downtown spaces, so we are excited to be able to provide two tours this year.”

This is a self-guided tour and photography is welcome. Many of the buildings are currently undeveloped, participants should dress accordingly and be prepared to walk. For additional information, please contact 419-522-0099 or 

In addition to our Secret City Tour, there are many events going on downtown on Saturday, Sept. 18; including Phoenix Brewing Company’s Octoberfest, the Mansfield Arts Festival in Central Park, and Richland Carrousel Park’s Touch-A-Truck. So be sure to make your way downtown for a full day of fun.

"We are also looking for volunteers," the agency stated.

Volunteers will be stationed at each of the buildings on the tour to assist participants and mark tour tickets. Many of the buildings are underdeveloped. Volunteers should be dressed accordingly and be prepared to walk or stand.

Two volunteer shifts will be available, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will receive a free ticket, allowing a volunteer to work one shift and take the tour in the other.

Those interested can register at this link.

Anyone with questions should contact or 419-522-0099.

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