Memories and the Future of The Shawshank Tree

If a tree falls in the middle of an Ohio field and no one hears it, does it matter?It does if it is the Tree of Hope from Shawshank Redemption. This post shares the great images from the friends and fans of the movie Shawshank Redemption and the Shawhank Trail in Ohio....

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Famous Shawshank Redemption Tree Near Mansfield Knocked Over By Wind

The famous Shawshank tree, a symbol of hope and a popular pilgrimage site for fans of “The Shawshank Redemption,” was knocked down by high winds Friday afternoon. Jodie Snavely, group tour manager for the Mansfield and Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, went out to see the downed tree for herself, after her office got a call from a man who said he saw the historic oak fall. “Sure enough it was down,” she said. “People are going to be heartbroken. It’s extremely sad.” The tree, which Snavely said could be as many as 200 years old, is an iconic symbol in the 1994 film. It’s where Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), wrongly accused of murder, buries the directions that help guide friend and former prison-mate Red (Morgan Freeman) to his new home....

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Shawshank Hustle Returns and Invites Cheering Audience

Runners, walkers and fans of the #1 movie of all time, “The Shawshank Redemption,” will return for a second year for the Shawshank Hustle 7k on Saturday, June 11. Over 2,100 participates will begin and end at the Ohio State Reformatory. Now even locals and fans of runners can get in on the action by getting a free cow bell at the CVB office for cheering on racers!...

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New Shawshank Trail Website Immerses Fans in Movie Experience

The Mansfield/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau launched a new Shawshank Trail website. The new website includes beautiful pictures, a comprehensive “frequently asked questions” page, videos and podcasts about the filming locations and soon a download link to a newly designed and reformatted Shawshank Trail guide. Movie aficionados, tourists or locals looking for an authentic movie experience should look no further than www.ShawshankTrail.com....

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Shawhank Hustle Returns to Mansfield

If you missed the inaugural running of the Shawshank Hustle, mark your calendar now! The Shawshank Hustle returns to Mansfield, Ohio on June 11, 2016 at The Ohio State Reformatory. Last year the registration limit was 3,000 participants and quickly sold out. Visitors traveled from 30 states to be part of day and took advantage of Shawshank Packages and lodging at several area hotels. Registration for 2016 is now open. The 7K event is open to runners, walkers and those who love the movie, “The Shawshank Redemption,” and will once again begin and end at the Ohio State Reformatory, where much of the movie was filmed in 1993. Read more details about the event....

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Locked Up an Loving It

They drove along Reformatory Drive, their attention captured by the stone monster flickering through the fence. Ahead was an avenue of buckeye trees emphasizing – “arrival.” It led smack into the prison, looming as an imposing castle. “How would you like to live across the street from a prison?” A man asked a boy as they walked, gesturing at the houses across the way. “Living across from a castle would be awesome!” The boy exclaimed, ignoring the leading question. ...

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Shawshank Trail and Haunted Mansfield Souvenirs Sought For Fans

For the past several years, members of the Mansfeild/Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau have offered Shawshank-themed souvenirs to visitors and fans coming to see the 14 filming sites from The Shawshank Redemption movie. We are also reaching out to our members to participate in offering a themed souvenir for Haunted Mansfield. Haunted Mansfield is a tourism product geared towards paranormal investigators coming to the area. ...

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Shawshank Hustle 7K Run in Mansfield

Rocketship Sports Management and The Ohio State Reformatory Preservation society are excited to announce that they will be bringing a new 7k running road race to Mansfield July 25, 2015 . The Inaugural Shawshank Hustle will begin and end at the Ohio State Reformatory and visit Shawshank Redemption filming sites in downtown Mansfield including a water stop at Brooks’ Bench. Actor Scott Mann will serve as the official starter of this family friendly event that is open to runners, walkers and those that love the movie. ...

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