The Shawshank Trail Itinerary

Day One

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. $12 p/p.

Brewer Hotel & Portland Daily Bugle (Bissman Building)

You’ll hear fascinating stories from one of the Shawshank Redemption’s “extras.” Actor James Whitmore’s character, Brooks, stayed here after his release from Shawshank. Sadly, Brooks hung himself after being paroled. The historic Bissman Building also served as the site for the Portland Daily Bugle. $5

Pawn Shop Window (Carrousel Antiques)

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.

Shawshank Themed Lunch (Deluxe Catering and Events)

While not featured in the film, the cafe’s culinary nod to the film includes: Andy’s AppleNut Salad, Shawshank “Guard”en Salad, Red’s Pardon Potatoes, Brooks’ Beans, Solitary Stew, Cellblock Chicken, Prison Pies and Lock-Up Libations. It’s all served on prison trays offering extra fun for your group! $19 inclusive.

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.

Shawshank Chocolate (Squirrel’s Den)

While the Squirrel’s Den wasn’t in the film, it did enjoy at least 15 minutes of fame when President Barack Obama dropped in during his 2012 reelection campaign. You can satisfy that sweet tooth with a Shawshank Prison candy bar, homemade fudge, flavored popcorn and cinnamon-frosted nuts tied with a bow in a goody bag. $2.95

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

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. $2 or $5 w/popcorn and beverage

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. $14.99-16.99, includes tax, no gratuity.

Quality Inn & Suites Mansfield

This ultra comfortable and clean property warmly welcomes groups, including a deluxe, hot breakfast; baggage handling; welcome reception with Shawshank goodies on request; and taxes in its special group rate. Complimentary driver and escort rooms are also offered with 20 paid rooms.$82, inclusive, with 1-4 guests per room.

Day Two

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

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 & Trailways Bus Station (Crosby Advisory Group and Revivals 2 Thrift Store)

In the movie, these two locations star as the Maine National Bank and Trailways Bus Station, respectively. See the location where Andy withdrew $370,000 of Warden Norton’s money. Then, just a block from the bank, visit the site where Red asked for a ticket to “Fort Hancock, Texas” and enjoy some fun thrift shopping at Revivals 2, where you just might discover a little treasure to take home.

Angels Everywhere!

Enjoy conversation and stories with your fellow Shawshank friends at Angelwoods Hideaway Bed & Breakfast. Includes a generous made-from-scratch buffet lunch and scrumptious desserts. $18 inclusive meal.

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

“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)

One of Hollywood’s finest pictures opens at Pugh Cabin. Your group can enjoy a wagon ride through the Doris Duke Woods, on the grounds of Malabar Farm State Park. 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. $2

Shawshank Sundae (Olivesburg General Store)

Set in the 1940s-1960s, the distinctive period look of The Shawshank Redemption is still alive today in the Olivesburg General Store. Its “good ole days” atmosphere includes the original ceiling lights used in the film. Step up to the old-time marble ice cream counter and order up your very own Shawshank Sundae, featuring a luscious homemade brownie, peanut butter ice cream, M&Ms, whipped cream and a cherry, all drizzled with rich, hot fudge. $6

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