The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio

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The Old Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio

The Ohio State Reformatory was a prison, like many reformatories across the United States of America, where many of the toughest criminals were kept. Through the years, the facility was in decline as the conditions began to deteriorate. The inmates were eventually moved out, and the facility was closed in 1990. The facility was later reopened as a tourist attraction, and it was used as a movie set for ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Today, you can take a tour of the facility and see the old cells and the places where the movie was filmed. There are self-guided tours and guided tours. Come and visit a piece of Ohio’s history.

Part of the Shawshank Redemption Movie Set

Some of you are saying, “This is nice. They were able to save this place and make it a tourist attraction. This place must have many stories…

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