About the Area
With spectacular scenery marked by rolling hills and pastoral scenes, unique attractions and warm, friendly people, the area truly is America at its Best. Its extraordinary attractions have become a favorite among Hollywood producers as movie-making locations. The historic and haunted prison, Ohio State Reformatory, and Malabar Farm State Park, where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married are just two of these special locations. Many visitors come to the area to experience the Reformatory and other area locations where the popular film starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, “The Shawshank Redemption,” was filmed.
With more nationally and internationally televised motorsports events than anyplace else in North America, Mansfield has become known as America’s Best Motorsports Experience. Immaculate tracks are surrounded by beautiful scenery, memorable attractions, incredibly affordable lodging and dining and friendly people who warmly welcome visitors. The result is a motorsports experience that’s as popular with the world’s best drivers as it is with fans and visitors. See www.experiencemotorsports.com for more on the America’s Best Motorsports Experience.
Mansfield/Richland County blend an array of one-of-a-kind attractions and historic landmarks. These range from one of the state’s finest gardens at Kingwood Center to one of the nation’s premier racetrack, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Mansfield’s Carrousel District, which encompasses a three-block area of historic, Victorian, and mercantile buildings is anchored by the hand-carved carrousel in Richland Carrousel Park.
Walk through the Holy Bible as it comes to life with tours through the wax museum known as BibleWalk. Ohio’s only life-size wax museum with 70 scenes and over 300 wax figures, each scene underscored by original music, in a non-denominational setting.
Fans of “The Shawshank Redemption” can put themselves in the same locations as Andy and Red where this classic movie was filmed back in 1994. Explore 14 authentic Hollywood filming sites and hear behind the scenes stories at the Ohio State Reformatory and Malabar Farm. To learn more, visit www.shawshanktrail.com.
We do scary well! Over 5 haunted locations in Mansfield and Galion, Ohio offer paranormal investigations for groups interested in documenting paranormal activity and provide an unusual first-hand experience to search other realms in a former prison, theatre, fire station, warehouse and historic homes. Visit www.hauntedmansfield.com for more scary details.