Mansfield, The Fun Center of Ohio
What is Mansfield, Ohio famous for? Big-time Hollywood producers. Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. Mega-stars of motorsports. Innovations like America’s first walking and talking robot and Ohio’s first ski resort. These and other powerful stories are a part of Mansfield’s heritage. Now, it’s your turn to discover everything we’re famous for.
Skiing got its start in Ohio in 1961 when Snow Trails opened in Mansfield to enthusiastic skiers with a vertical drop of 300 ft. As Ohio’s first commercial ski resort, Snow Trails had a long list of firsts:
- Ski School
- Alpine Racing
- Ski Patrol
- Ski Shop
- Chair List…just to name a few.
Built in 1926, Kingwood Center Gardens in Mansfield, Ohio is the 47 acre former estate of Charles Kelley King, electrical engineer, President and CEO of Ohio Brass. Kingwood Center has been opened to the public since 1953.
A vibrant and thriving parish developed in 1844 and built in 1911, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and St. Peter’s School have had a significant and lasting impact on the local community in Mansfield, Ohio.
The Small List
Best Place to Stay
Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast – Wishmaker House Bed and Breakfast is a fully renovated 10,000 square foot 1890s home located in picturesque Bellville, Ohio.
Things to Do
Snow Trails – A winter resort in Mansfield, Ohio, dedicated to outdoor family fun with Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubing December through March. Over fifty years of exciting wintertime fun, memories, and action sports events!
Kingwood Center Gardens – The garden beds are specifically planted and replanted with the seasons. The tulips are the best known seasonal display and, subsequently, each tulip bed is followed by annuals. Some of the best seasonal gardens are part of the grand spring flower display which includes magnolias, daffodils, crocus, redbuds, dogwoods, silverbells. In addition, there are many more spring flowers.
Malabar Farm – Historic Landmark since 1939, the Malabar Farm in Perrysville, Ohio, is the former home of Pulitzer Prize winning author, farmer, conservationist and host of Hollywood stars, Louis Bromfield. Accordingly, it was once “America’s most famous farm” as an early proponent on organic farming, sustainable agriculture and soil and water conservation. In May 1945, it was also the setting for the wedding and honeymoon of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and a host of celebrities such as James Cagney, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn. Today, the restaurant dishes up seasonal menus featuring farm fresh local fare.
Mansfield St. Peter’s – Providing spiritual development, education and enrichment for our entire community.
Ohio State Reformatory – Stroll the halls and visit the cells of some of history’s toughest criminals. Tour the intact set of the Academy Award winning movie, The Shawshank Redemption.