Mansfield celebrates 131st birthday with Founders' Day Festival

August 25, 2021
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Ralph Man and his brother-in-law Julian Feild ran the Mansfield Mill on the southeast corner of Broad and Main streets.

By Amanda Rogers

Mansfield Record

Mansfield gets back to its roots this weekend and celebrates its 131st birthday.

Ralph Man

The Man House Museum, 604 W. Broad St., will host the inaugural Founders’ Day Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and show off the recently restored home of one of the city’s founding fathers, Ralph Man. Man, along with his brother-in-law Julian Feild, incorporated their namesake city Aug. 23, 1890.

“It will be like stepping back into the 1800s,” said Jessica Baber, Mansfield Historical Museum manager. “We will have demonstrators, hands-on activities, music and food trucks. Some demonstrators will be in historical dress and some will sell the things they are making. The potter might have some ceramics to buy and the soap maker might have some soap.

Julian Feild

“Come enjoy the day, play the games, old-timey games like horseshoes, sack races, hoop and stick,” Baber said.

The free festival will also be a chance for people to tour the Man House, Baber said. The city purchased the house in 2013 and started renovations in April 2020 to bring the home back to its 1930s appearance.

“Construction began on the house in 1865,” she said. “Over the next five years, it expanded from a one-room log-cabin, added a second floor (later) to what it looks like today. People definitely need to come see it.”

Another bonus is the new information center, which recently opened and has bathrooms for use for the public to use while visiting the Man House Museum and the Man’s Best Field Dog Park next door.

Parking will be limited so the festival will have shuttles from parking at Hypnotic Emporium (at Main and Broad streets), Walnut Street and from Heritage Baptist Church.

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