Mansfield, Ohio: Mansfield Reformatory

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Historic Ohio State Reformatory

Address:
100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH
Directions:
North of town. I-71 exit 176 onto US 30 west. After about three miles, exit north onto Hwy 545/Olivesburg Rd. The Reformatory is just over the hill on the left hand side, on a side street named Reformatory Rd.
Hours:
May-Sep. M-F 11 am - 4 pm; Su 1-4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
419-522-2644
RA Rates:
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Reformatory pseudo-gate. Mansfield Reformatory
Opened in 1896, closed as a prison in 1990. Mansfield Reformatory has become a prime location for prison movies and music videos, and a go-to destination for cable TV ghost hunters. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/06/2011]

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The Ohio State Reformatory was well worth the detour, but be prepared for long lines for Sunday tours. Get there early if possible. We arrived at 12:45 and didn't get to the ticket booth until 1:40 pm. The tour guides are very friendly and will answer any question you have.

[Sara Howe, 08/08/2011]
Ohio State Reformatory Tours

The Mansfield Reformatory, prime choice for movie prison location shooting, offers three exciting tours:

  • Tower Tour - Explore the East Cell Block, then wind your way to the top of a guard tower. Visit the Catholic Chapel high up in the Central Block.
  • Dungeon Tour - Venture into the dark and dingy "Hole" in the detention wing. Wander through strange and narrow basement corridors. Check out the mysterious "Hot Box." Hear the story of the seven-foot Jesus.
  • Hollywood Tour - See the Shawshank Warden's Office and Andy Dufresne's escape tunnels. Hazard a trip into the sinister "Hole". View the 1886 West Cell Block used as a Russian prison in Air Force One.

All tours get to view the replica Electric Chair and visit the museum and gift shop. More info at: www.mrps.org

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 04/04/2004]
Prisons Just Keep On Giving To America's Towns

Mansfield, OH, has launched a $1.5 million community fund-raising drive to turn its prison into a tourist attraction. The 100-year-old Mansfield Reformatory was closed in 1990 and houses the world's largest free-standing steel cellblock.... [07/07/2001] Complete News Story

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The 1976 movie "Harry & Walter go to New York", starring James Caan, was the first movie filmed at the reformatory. Last year, the band Godsmack filmed a music video for the song "Awake" at the reformatory.

[Brett Barnett, 01/07/2001]

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