Richland Early American Center for History

A nonprofit organization

$25,740 Raised by 18 Donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal


The current goal of REACH - Richland Early American Center for History is to transform South Park in Mansfield into an early American settlement village.  The village will use living-history demonstrations to tell stories that excite the senses with the sights, smells, and sounds from our area's colonial past.  It will be host to music of the past, open hearth cooking, historical dinner programs and other educational events.  Volunteers and Members of REACH have been busy in the community working on our latest project at South Park.

We are building a Blacksmith's and Cooper's Shop to complement the existing structures (1812 Blockhouse and 1808 Log Cabin)  and to build a small settlement village for preservation of and education of early American life. We are active in the community and hope you will take an interest in all that we have accomplished to bring South Park back to a family friendly atmosphere.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our community.   It will host demonstrations, workshops, and educational events.   Stop by to see the progress our volunteers have made. 

Covid-19 has greatly impacted our plans for this year delaying the dedication of the 1808 Log Cabin that had been planned for this past Spring. We were able to hold our annual American Heritage days on October 4th and 5th with 17th and 18th Century history reenactors. This event was well attended and a success because it was an outside event. We hope to do more events in the future and with the help of funding we will be able to do this.

Please join us in being a part of this special homage to Richland County's history by donating and visiting our site.

We invite you to follow us on our Facebook Page at Richland Early American Center for History.





Visit any time including our special events throughout the year:

  • Living History Event-First weekend in May.
  • "Fun in the Park" activities every June and July
  • Cabin and Blacksmith dedication in September
  •  Fall Reenactment-First weekend in October
  •  Group and school tours available upon request

18th century re-enactors will greet at these events and speak to you about what it was like to live in Mansfield 200 years ago.  We wish to help residents increase their knowledge of local history and learn how our ancestors discovered the beauty of Richland County, Ohio.




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Richland Early American Center for History

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100 Brinkerhoff Ave
Mansfield, OH 44906


419 564 5097

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