After we hit the Shawshank Trail and visited the Ohio State Reformatory, there was still more to see in Mansfield. One of the girls asked, “Why are there so many good things in this one little town?”
One of those good things was the BibleWalk.
I’m not sure how we first learned about the BibleWalk Bible wax museum, but this was our third visit. We’d been here over a decade ago. The first time, we did the Old Testament tour, the second time, the New Testament. There are other tours available too — one about the Reformation, one about Christian martyrs, and another about Paul’s journeys. But we had a little pow wow and decided that the Old Testament was what the majority wanted to see.
BibleWalk is a wax museum depicting various Biblical scenes. It’s been around for several decades, as you’ll see when you watch the intro film — which features the founders, looking very ’80s. Each scene features life-sized mannequins wearing clothing of the period, as well as scenery. I couldn’t help but imagine how much effort church members (it’s affiliated with Diamond Hill Cathedral, a non-denominational church) put into this place. The walk itself is in the dark, but as you walk up to each scene, you press a button and the scene lights up as a voice narrates the scene.
Some of the scenes were a little “cheesy,” and I wondered why some of the scenes were way out of order (Noah’s Ark was near the end of the Old Testament walk), but we all really enjoyed this place overall. Two women in Bible costumes working at the front desk were very friendly. If you’re in the vicinity — stop by! BibleWalk really made God’s word come alive.
Fun side note: in researching for this posting, I see that several mannequins were purchased recently from a celebrity wax museum. I walked right by Prince Charles as Abel, and Elizabeth Taylor in the King Solomon scene, without even realizing it (Prince Philip as an angel was over in the New Testament).
Our final stop was Kingwood Center, where we’d also paid a few visits in years past. This beautiful place is just $5 per carload to enter (and it used to be free) — a real bargain. There are many gardens to walk through and admire, and a large house as well, built by wealthy Mansfield resident Charles King in the 1920s.
On this day, unfortunately, there was a wedding going on in the gardens and so some of them, as well as some of the house, were closed. But, we still walked around many of the gardens and enjoyed the variety of greenhouses.
We fed some ducks and spotted some fairy gardens on the grounds before deciding that we had packed enough into one day.
Have you visited Mansfield? What did you do there?
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