Amy Weirick
April 8, 2008                                                                                                                      (614) 848-8380


Mansfield, Ohio — The famous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, owned by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, offers these remaining 2008 dates for the prison’s wildly popular overnight Ghost Hunts®. Featured on the nationally televised “Ghosthunters” program on the SciFi Channel, these unusual overnight experiences are a hit with anyone interested in paranormal activity or just a truly unusual travel getaway.

“These Ghost Hunts are a great compliment to the many one-of-a-kind experiences Mansfield and Richland County offer visitors, whether they’re visiting an indoor waterpark, Malabar Farm or taking in world-class auto and motorcycle racing at Mid Ohio Race Course,” said Mansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau president Lee Tasseff.
The Ghost Hunts have grown dramatically in popularity, with all of the proceeds going directly into restoring the incredible architecture of this important historical structure. In fact, the demand for access to the Ghost Hunts® has been so great that some Sat. dates have been added, with each Hunt being limited to 100 participants. Dates for 2008 include:

  • Sat., April 5
  • Sat., April 19
  • Sat., May 3
  • Sat., May 17
  • Sat., May 31
  • Fri., June 13-Sold Out!
  • Sat., July 5
  • Sat., July 19
  • Sat., Aug. 2
  • Fri., Aug. 15
  • Sat., Aug. 30
  • Sat., Nov. 8
  • Sat., Nov. 22

During the Ghost Hunts, volunteer tour guides circulate through the prison to answer questions and outline its history. Participants are also free to explore the prison on their own. However, the prison is not lighted and participants are encouraged to bring flashlights.
Built in 1886, Ohio State Reformatory served for 94 years as a working prison, housing more than 154,000 prisoners. Ohio State Reformatory has been the setting for major motion pictures, including Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and Tango and Cash. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the prison boasts the world’s largest free-standing steel cell block. Some say former inmates still walk the halls of the Ohio State Reformatory.
The cost of the Ghost Hunts is $50 per person and includes a late-night dinner of pizza and soft drinks. All participants must be 21 years of age or older. In addition to Ghost Hunts®, public tours are offered each Sunday, May through November 22. More information, including the dates for the 2008 Ghost Hunts and a journal from past Ghost Hunts, is available at www.mansfieldtourism.com or www.mrps.org or by calling toll free, (800) 642-8282.
Ghost Hunt® Recovery packages are offered by area hotels as the perfect remedy after a night of chasing ghosts, with some packages including Jacuzzis, pools, late check out and breakfast.
Comp or press rate trips, unique photo, video and interview opportunities available.
Contact Amy Weirick, (614) 848-8380 or amy@WeirickCommunications.com.