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The Shawshank Trail 2021

Enjoy stepping into real-life filming sites from The Shawshank Redemption movie.  We suggest starting at the Ohio State Reformatory to begin your experience.

Day One


Shawshank Prison (Ohio State Reformatory)

Shawshank Prison (Ohio State Reformatory)

Stand in those famous warden’s shoes as we enter the “Shawshank Prison”. You’ll experience the parole board room, the Warden’s office and Andy Dufresne’s escape tunnel and see the “Brooks was here. So was Red” sign. A tour highlight, participants can even take a trip into the sinister “hole,” Shawshank’s designation for solitary confinement.  Do time in the Shawshank Museum where you’ll immerse yourself in props, set pieces, costumes, and other treasures involved in the movie. And bring home souvenirs from the Museum Store, so you can relive your visit to the cherished movie site.  $23 p/p.
Brewer Hotel & Portland Daily Bugle (Bissman Building)

Brewer Hotel & Portland Daily Bugle (Bissman Building)

Stand outside the Bissman Building where actor James Whitmore’s character, Brooks, stayed after his release from Shawshank. Sadly, Brooks hung himself after being paroled. The Bissman Building also served as the site for the Portland Daily Bugle.  Great photo opportunity under the “Brewer  Hotel” awning or the Shawshank Movie Site sign.
Pawn Shop Window (Mansfield Antiques Gallery)

Pawn Shop Window (Mansfield Antiques Gallery)

Red looks in one of their windows and sees the compass that leads him to the famous oak tree. While you may not discover Red’s compass, browsing this charming shop is a memorable stop for visitors who appreciate fine antiques, collectables and vintage finds.
Blueberry Patch Lunch and Shopping

Blueberry Patch Lunch and Shopping

While not featured in the film, the Blueberry Patch is the perfect spot for a homemade lunch and shopping in the area’s largest blueberry plantation.  Meal includes choice of chicken salad on a bed of greens/fresh fruit/blueberry muffin or Broccoli cheddar quiche/fresh fruit/ blueberry muffin or Soup & House Salad with lemon blueberry bread.  Homemade desserts include blueberry pie or peach blueberry cobbler. Blueberry iced tea or coffee.  $20 all-inclusive.
Brooks’ Bench

Brooks’ Bench

Park yourself on the replica bench where Brooks sat in picturesque Mansfield Central Park feeding the birds, hoping his pet crow, Jake, would show up to chirp hello. The perfect spot for a group photo.
Swavory Sweet & Savory Popcorn

Swavory Sweet & Savory Popcorn

While Swavory wasn’t in the film, you can satisfy your sweet and savory craving with a delicious gourmet Shawshank Secret popcorn in a goody bag.  What’s the blend?  Yummy Gorgonzola cheese and Fuji Apple!  $2.50 p/p.
Prison Break Soda (Richland Carrousel Park)

Prison Break Soda (Richland Carrousel Park)

Sip an old-time root beer or strawberry Prison Break Soda, hand crafted by the Richland Carrousel Park. Choose your favorite animal from the menagerie of animals as you enjoy a whirl on the historic, hand-carved Carrousel. $2 soda, $1 ride
1994 Movie Premiere (Renaissance Theatre)

1994 Movie Premiere (Renaissance Theatre)

Sit in the exact theater where The Shawshank Redemption first premiered in 1994. Peek backstage behind the scenes, see the pit, hear celebrity stories and enjoy the very same view the stars do from center stage. $6 w/popcorn and beverage
Der Dutchman Restaurant

Der Dutchman Restaurant

The perfect respite from the Hollywood tour, your group can sit back, relax and reflect on your day with a generous helping of Amish kitchen cooking. Packed with two floors of souvenirs, non-perishable Amish foods and snacks, Der Dutchman’s gift shop is always a hit with tour groups. *Inquire about group rate meals.
Quality Inn & Suites Mansfield

Quality Inn & Suites Mansfield

This ultra comfortable and clean property warmly welcomes groups, including a deluxe, hot breakfast.  Inquire about group rate.

Day Two


Andy's Conviction (Wyandot County Courthouse)

Andy's Conviction (Wyandot County Courthouse)

As you enter the courtroom, image Andy Dufresne standing in front of the judge as he’s sentenced for murdering his wife and her lover. Scenes shot here appear early on in the film, setting the stage for one of the greatest American movies. Perched proudly atop the courthouse, Lady Justice was restored by donations collected during the Shawshank 15th Anniversary reunion in 2008. Thus, a DVD of the movie is encased in the statue. Donations
Shawshank Woodshop

Shawshank Woodshop

Among the film’s many powerful scenes is that where Red and the other inmates are working in the prison workshop and stop to listen to “The Marriage of Figaro,” as Andy blares it loudly over Prison’s public address system. Today, the workshop is packed with movie memorabilia, yet it remains much the same as it was the day Hollywood filmed in 1994. Donations
Maine National Bank (Crosby Advisory Group)

Maine National Bank (Crosby Advisory Group)

In the movie, this location stars as the Maine National Bank. See the location where Andy withdrew $370,000 of Warden Norton’s money and make sure to take a photo with the massive bank vault.
Red’s Bus Ride and the Road To Buxton

Red’s Bus Ride and the Road To Buxton

Your scenic road trip takes you through the picture-perfect rolling countryside, on the very same bus ride Red took just after he was paroled from prison. Then, you’ll stand in the same location where Red walked along the road to “Buxton.”
Shawshank Oak Tree

Shawshank Oak Tree

“There’s a big hayfield up near Buxton … a big oak tree. It’s like something out of a Robert Frost poem.” This legendary line from Andy’s letter to Red sets the scene for the movie’s powerful ending. Hear the story of the legendary Shawshank Oak Tree that once stood proudly in the hayfield. Sadly, it fell to high winds on July 22, 2016.
Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park (Opening Scene)

Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park (Opening Scene)

One of Hollywood’s finest pictures opens at Pugh Cabin.  The trip takes you to the very spot where Tim Robbins sat drinking and brooding in his car as he held a revolver in his hand. It was the night he caught his wife cheating inside Pugh Cabin. It was the night that resulted in his being charged with murder.

Step-on Guide Service by
Carson Travel. Inquire about price for one & day-two days.

Contact Jodie Snavely for itinerary questions.
800.642.8282
jsnavely@destinationmansfield.com