There’s something intangible that entices us to this hallowed ground. Some think it’s the stunning architecture, others say it’s the ghostly whispers emanating from behind locked cells. And yet, still others believe it’s the history of the place. This grand structure, built in the late 19thcentury, once stood as a testament to our more progressive values. In the creation of a REFORMatory, we as Ohioans proclaimed that the most misguided among us could yet be redeemed. That very theme was echoed in the seminal film The Shawshank Redemption, the 1994 movie that was filmed there, and has forever been tied to the place.
We’ll be learning about this larger than life Ohio legend through the eyes of a tour guide who’s been employed at OSR for four years. We’ll hear from a ghost hunter who completed an investigation there last summer. And lastly, we’ll hear from a volunteer, a man who admits being so drawn to the place that he willingly gives of his free time just to share the wonders he’s found with others.
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The Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio.