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Ohio State Reformatory

Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Road
Mansfield, Ohio
44905 USA

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Originally built in 1886, the Ohio State Reformatory has been closed for its main purpose since 1990. It majestic beauty and architectural strength made it the perfect spot to film the classic movie "The Shawshank Redemption".

The history started way prior to when the first brick was laid to build this incredible prison. The property was used as a training camp for Union Soldiers during the Civil War.

Designed by acclaimed architect, Levi Scofield, this castle-like prison was built to reform and inspire its occupants... The inmates. Completed on November of 1886, workers laid the cornerstone on what was known as an intermediate prison. This would be the retention of persons that fitted between the Boys Industrial School in Lancaster and the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus. Usually they housed nonviolent offenders. Later on, the building was used as an operational prison for 94 years, until 1981. Many report of horrific violence, death and disease were the core reasons for its vacancy.

To say this place is haunted, is an understatement, leading it to be called the most haunted property of all of Ohio. 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. This is only the beginning.

Today, this majestic Gothic structure is now a state historical site and offers guided tours, including ghost hunts, to interested visitors.

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

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Date added: Mar/04/2019 | Last time updated: Mar/05/2019
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