Oak Hill is a project of the Richland County Historical
Open to the public during regularly scheduled tours
and by appointment for group tours.
Oak Hill Cottage was purchased by the Historical Society
in 1965. Included in the sale were the accumulated furniture and
contents from the Victorian period of the 100+ years occupation by the
Dr. Johannes Jones family.
It would be difficult to find a better documented house
than Oak Hill, having been featured with interior and exterior photos
in an 1896 county atlas and the focal point of Louis Bromfield's first
novel, The Green Bay Tree. The question of saving the house had been on
the minds of Mansfield preservationists for a long time, and its future
uncertain, when purchase of the house initiated an 18 year struggle to
fund and accomplish the restoration.
Recent expansion of the Oak Hill project has included
the purchase and restoration of a carriage house originally part of the
Oak Hill property, and the purchase of the turn of the century house
across Oak Hill Place (a Sears catalog house) that also occupies a lot
originally part of the grounds.
The Richland County Historical Society is a 501(c3)
non-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Trustees.