Downtowns

Richland County is made up of charming communities, each with its own story and small town finds that are uniquely theirs. Find a new favorite restaurant, shop, hangout or take a stroll to unwind. Wineries, antiques, festivals and adventures await!

Mansfield (est. 1808)

Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Main Street which connects Central Park and the Historic Carrousel District, home to the Richland Carrousel Park and Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. During the day, the downtown offers boutique shops, some of best local eateries, ice cream parlor, coffee house and First Friday Shop Hops. Come back down after a performance at the Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield Playhouse or summer concert on The Brickyard stage. Enjoy a craft beer at The Phoenix Brewing Co. or glass of wine at Cypress Hill Winery.

Bellville (est. 1808)

Crisscrossed by Clear Fork Creek and the Richland B&O Trail, Bellville is a perfect example of the classic Norman Rockwell small town, with its famous Bandstand Gazebo perched on the square. Start with coffee at Brumby’s, then, shop in the antique stores, enjoy lunch at Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast and finish with a sweet treat from the Dairy Belle on your way home.

Butler (est. 1848)

The Village of Butler is nestled in the picturesque hills of the Mohican and Clearfork Valley. The Richland B&O Trail trailhead sits at Hitchman’s Park, making it easy to walk or ride into downtown. Eat at Whiffletree Restaurant; and don’t forget dessert at Five-Points Drive-In. Downtown is just a short drive from the yearly Prairie Peddler Festival and stick around for the Butler Apple Fest “in the heart of Appleseed country.”

Lexington (est. 1812)

Home to the Blueberry Festival, Lexington comes alive during the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course summer race season. Downtown at Y-Not Cycling, you can rent bikes and ride the Richland B&O Trail. Go karts, games and more family-fun awaits at The Infield, with Bucks Bar and Grill right next door. Enjoy an evening of live music at The Happy Grape Wine Bar & Bistro and Laxton Hollow Brewing Works.

Lucas (est. 1836)

As a gateway to Mohican and Amish Country, start at the Lucas Community Center for brochures on regional attractions or have lunch at the Open Door Café. The Old Summer House Bed & Breakfast is a short drive from Malabar Farm State Park.

Olivesburg (est. 1836)

Perched in the northeast corner of Richland County, Olivesburg claims just 813 residents, an old sign advertises Olivesburg Dynamite; a nod to the town’s history as an explosives manufacturer. Still home to Olivesburg General Store, the old-time retailer has been serving hand-dipped ice cream, made-to-order sandwiches, and more since 1840 to the tiny berg’s many visitors.

Ontario (est. 1834)

Ontario is the restaurant and retail hub of Richland County with the Richland Mall, Cinemark Movie Theater, national retail stores, and restaurant chains mixed in with local food establishments. Marshall Park, with its bandshell and recreation, offers a community gathering space that’s home to live music and an annual all-American Fourth of July celebration.

Plymouth (est. 1818)

The Village of Plymouth was originally surveyed in 1807.  Border’s Market is in the same location as the first cabin in Plymouth. Look up the history of the village at the Museum and Heritage Center. The annual Silver King Festival honors Plymouth and Silver King Tractors, designed and manufactured there from 1930 to 1954, with many tractors on display, live entertainment and a quilt show.

Shelby (est. 1834)

Shelby is home of the annual Shelby Bicycle Days, a nod to the famous Shelby Bicycle Manufacturing Company. The city is also recognized as the birthplace of the seamless tube industry.  In downtown, savor a glass of wine at The Vault Wine Bar, enjoy the classic diner feel of Paul’s Drive-In, or hunt for a treasure at Glen’s Surplus. Splash into Seltzer Park to cool down on a hot day, hit the “little” link at Roselawn Miniature Golf, or take a walk on a reservoir trail.

Shiloh (est. 1874)

Shiloh is a rural village where you can shop for bulk foods, fresh produce, baked goods, and specialty foods at the Mennonite-run Planktown Country Market. Find even more at Planktown Hardware, from tools and craft items, to kitchen gadgets and spa kits. Come for a bath bomb or craft class! Be sure and stay in the summer for their Annual Ox Roast!