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Ohio State Reformatory

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100 Reformatory Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44905
419-522-2644 www.ohiostatereformatory.org
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders.  Five major motion pictures have been filmed on location including “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Air Force One” and “Escape Plan 3” (2018).  Abandoned in 1990, the original cell-blocks and administration areas remain intact.

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The Shawshank Trail

The Ohio State Reformatory was used as the fictional Shawshank Prison in New England in the movie. Make sure to take the Hollywood Tour at the Reformatory.  The warden’s office, Brooks’ hotel room, the parole board room and even the replica carving on the ceiling that reads, “Brooks was here. So was Red” are on display. The hole that Andy dug through his cell wall to escape is also on display as well as the tunnel he crawled through. Chocolate syrup, saw dust and water were in the tunnel to mimic an actual sewer pipe.  Look for replica standups of Red, Andy, Warden Norton, Heywood and Brooks inside the Reformatory for a photo opportunity!  Visit ShawshankTrail.com for information on all filming sites.

Haunted Mansfield

Paranormal investigations at the Ohio State Reformatory provides a unique way to experience the building’s macabre history. Most of the paranormal programs are conducted in the evening with the guidance of a knowledgeable tour guide.  Investigations includes Ghost Hunt Challenge, Intermediate/Advanced Ghost Hunts, Private Paranormal Investigations, Ghost Walks, Ghost Hunt Classes, and Special Paranormal Events.  Ghost hunting equipment, books, and merchandise are available through our Museum Store.

Ghost Hunt Challenges are serious, but informal attempts to document paranormal activity and provide an unusual first-hand experience to search other realms.  $70.00 per person.

Ghost Walks travel through the dark halls and corridors of the Reformatory as you are taken on a 2 hour guided tour to the hot spots where reports have been made about paranormal activity. Hear about what people have experienced and the stories of murder and death that cause many to believe the prison is haunted.  First Walk from 8pm-10pm and Second Walk 10:30pm-12:30am Adults 18 and older $25.00,  Youth 13-17 with adult $20.00.

Intermediate/Advanced Ghost Hunts are $100 per person.  6pm-7pm registration. Hunt from 8pm-3am. Offered on select Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

Ghost Hunt Classes are $115 ages 13 and up with parent/adult participation.
A two-part course in paranormal investigating with acclaimed paranormal investigator, Sherri Brake in the light of the day for a two-hour seminar on basics of ghost hunting. Receive hands-on experience with professional-grade ghost hunting equipment.  Seminar 1pm and 4pm.  Ghost Hunt for both seminars begins 8 pm.

Private Paranormal Investigations: $2,400 (Fri/Sat) for 30 people or less and $80 per person for more than 30 people (maximum 100). Sun-Thurs private tours are $1,200 for 15 or fewer people or $80 per person for 15-100 people.  18 years or older.

Contact the Reformatory for all paranormal investigations at 419-522-2644 or www.ohiostatereformatory.org.

The Reformatory has been on SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunter Academy.  The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures & along with Fox Family “Scariest Stories on Earth.”

Visit HauntedMansfield.com for information on all Haunted sites.


Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed The Shawshank Redemption. Whether you’re hunting for the paranormal or simply looking to tour the beautiful architecture, you can find it here at The Ohio State Reformatory.
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders.  Five major motion pictures have been filmed on location including “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Air Force One” and “Escape Plan 3” (2018).  Abandoned in 1990, the original cell-blocks and administration areas remain intact.  Museum Gift Shop & Museum.
The Reformatory does house many sets of stairs and some parts of the Reformatory will be unavailable to those requiring handicap accessibility.  The building is equipped with a chair lift, which provides access to the Museums & Museum Store areas. Handicapable patrons, as well as those with limited mobility, may ask for a customized “Cell Block Tour” of the ground level of the East and West Cell Blocks, the Bull Pen, Mini-Bullpen, Central Guard Room, Lower East Diagonal, & Solitary Confinement.
Josh Armstrong
100 Reformatory Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44905
Fax: 419-522-8492
www.ohiostatereformatory.org or email josh@mrps.org

tour information

  • Hours: by appointment
  • Tour Length:  1 hour to 2 hours, flexible
  • Reservations Required:  Yes
  • Payment Policy: Payment in advance
  • Complimentary Policy: Driver and escort
  • Motorcoach Parking: on premises
  • Restrooms Available: Women 1, Men 1
  • Group Tour Price: $12.00 per person-20 person minimum ($240)

Meeting Facilities

With the cornerstone of this unique facility laid in 1886, this castlelike prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders. Abandoned in 1990, the original cell blocks and administration areas remain intact.

Four major motion pictures have been filmed on location, including “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Air Force One”. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this non-traditional meeting space lends itself to unforgettable events. The central guard room is the most used space and offers a grand appearance that keeps any meeting lively.

Amenities: Internet Access


Rita Miller-Bunker, Guest Service Coordinator


Width By
Guard Room 4500 50′ x 90′ 250 200 N/A N/A
East Diagonal 250 200 N/A N/A
Wardens Dinning Room N/A 15 15 N/A







Largest Meeting Room:
4500 Sq. Feet

Total Meeting Space:
4500 Sq. Feet

Dinner Seating Capacity:

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Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Rd.
Mansfield, OH 44905


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