Oak Hill is a
project of the Richland
County Historical Society
Open to the public during regularly
and by appointment for group
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.