Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield ('Shawshank Redemption')
For nearly 100 years, the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield operated as a prison. It was closed in 1990, but was later used as the site of the movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” chosen by producer Niki Marvin for its timeless style and because it was vacant.
The prison normally gives tours to visitors who are interested in where "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed and take them along The Shawshank Trail, which features 15 filming sites. A few of the familiar spots highlighted are Warden Norton's office, the Parole Board room, Brooks' hotel room and Andy Dufresne's escape tunnel. The original lights used in the movie are also on display. Separate self-guided tours are also available as well as additional guided tour options and add-ons.
Mansfield itself doesn’t cater much to tourists, but it’s located just over 60 miles from Ohio’s two largest cities — Columbus and Cleveland — both rife with visitor-friendly attractions.
The Reformatory's 'Shawshank' Tour
During normal operations, the Reformatory offers tours to showcase filming locations from "The Shawshank Redemption."
Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman starred in the 1994 film.
The movie was based on a Stephen King short story titled, "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption."
The movie's tagline was: "Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free."
"The Shawshank Redemption" was directed by Frank Darabont.
Tim Robbins' character, Andy Dufresne, seeks freedom. Don't we all?