Death By Chocolate draws a crowd

April 1, 2022
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Beer and wine chill in an open casket at Death By Chocolate at Blessing Funeral Home.

By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

Approximately 100 people toured the historic Blessing Funeral Home on Thursday evening, munching and exploring during the business's first Death By Chocolate event.

The evening was intended to introduce the public to the 150-year-old building, which has served as a college and then a funeral home since the 1870s.

While the big white house on the hill has been a fixture in Mansfield for generations, many attendees said they had never been inside and were excited to enter for a happy occasion.

Attendees examined old photos and facts from the Mansfield Historical Society, searching for clues for the scavenger hunt.

A scavenger hunt had attendees wandering the halls and the attached chapel while reading facts and examining photos about the building's history, residents and owners, courtesy of the Mansfield Historical Society. The chocolate fountain, sandwiches, salad, truffles, coffee and drinks were an added bonus for the event, which was a fund-raiser for the Mansfield Education Foundation.

"It was great," said Cheryce Moss, the local leader for the Lucas Family-owned funeral home. "I want it to be an annual event, to bring people out every spring to get to know this historic building."

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