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Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Road
Mansfield, Ohio
44905 USA

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Mansfield Ohio is home to one of the most haunted places in the state, the Ohio State Reformatory. Come explore its mystery with Haunted Journeys.


Originally built in 1886, the Ohio State Reformatory has been closed since 1990. The property was used as a training camp for Union Soldiers during the Civil War. This castle-like prison was built to reform and inspire its occupants. It would house persons that fitted between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus. They usually housed nonviolent offenders. 

The original goal was to reform them by teaching them useful skills and motivating their spirituality. Unfortunately, Ohio was forced to change this policy due to its growing prison population. It opened its cells to hardened criminals and the Reformatory became overcrowded. Cells that were designed to hold a single man now held three. The focus shifted from reformation to punishing unruly prisoners. The punishments were administered with antiquated and unforgiving torture devices the included "the butterfly," a form of electro-torture, water hoses, a sweatbox for non-white prisoners, and "The Hole" which was a small, barren and solitary confinement cell. Along with the possibility of being tortured, theinmates were also subjected to extreme violence from other inmates, horrific food, rat infestation, and infectious diseases. OSR closed its doors as a prison/reformatory in 1981. 

Its majestic beauty and architectural strength made it the perfect spot to film the classic movie "The Shawshank Redemption."  

Upon being restored, the building is used for events, tours, haunted explorations and even a Haunted "Blood Prison" during the Halloween Season. 


Witnesses have experienced shadow figures, slamming cell

doors and yelling voices, and female witnesses claim to have been victims of physical attacks by the spirits who linger in this place. 

Many paranormal TV shows have featured this property, including the famed SyFy Ghost Hunters and Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. 


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This property, as part of our network, has been added for they may have history, validation or folk tales of having spirited activities. Please take caution in approaching and visiting these locations, since courtesy, respect, and caution should be a top priority in every Haunted Investigator's style. Also, do realize, some of these places may have permanently closed, changed ownership and/or names, or just are not available for your visits. Please respect this. We are not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided on this listing, but offer it as a first step in finding your next haunted travel destination. Please do confirm with the property before making any plans to visit. If you visit, tour or investigate this property (or any of our properties), we are not responsible or held liable for any outcomes, lack of evidence or injuries associated with your travels. This is only for entertainment purposes, and information provided is only as found in public domains (or as offered by the associated contributor (as a claimed property). For more information, please read our TERMS OF SERVICE (linked below).



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Date added: Mar/04/2019 | Last time updated: Mar/31/2020
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