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Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield

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The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR), also known as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio in the United States. It was built between 1886 and 1910 and remained in operation until 1990, when a United States Federal Court ruling (the 'Boyd Consent Decree') ordered the facility to be closed. While this facility was used in a number of films (including several while the facility was still in operation), TV shows and music videos, it was made famous by the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994) when it was used for the majority of the movie.

The Ohio State Reformatory is currently open to tourists 4 days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 1 to September 2. They also have winter tours on weekends from February 2 to March 31 and holiday tours on weekends from November 23 to December 23.
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  • Informative on the history of the reformatory and more movie information was added since our last visit. For those that don’t easily do steps, give yourself extra time on the tour.  more »
  • This was my wife and my 4th visit to the OSR, the 2nd visit for our teenage grandson & the 1st visit for our daughter. This time we added the Behind the Bars tour in addition to the self guided tour.....  more »
  • This place is so beautiful and unique. If you are in Mansfield, this is a place you should visit. I highly recommend the tours. Keep warm because is very cold!
  • Excellent tours. Astoundingly beautiful building. Very reasonable tour prices. Great, easy, day or overnight trip from Pittsburgh area. Lots of great eating and drinking places in Mansfield too.

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