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INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Daily Set Times and Stages

7 Jun , 2019  

The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will return to the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH, on July 12, 13 and 14.

This year’s massive line-up will be led by none other than colossal rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch. Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, INKCARCERATION will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison.

INKCARCERATION has now announced the daily set times and stages for performing bands. More…

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History & Tourism

Richland County Included In List Of New Ohio Visitors Experiences For 2019

15 Mar , 2019  

This week, when TourismOhio announced its list of new visitors experiences which can be enjoyed across the state in 2019, Richland County was included.

With a full slate of exciting new developments and experiences, Ohio has lots to celebrate in 2019. From iconic anniversaries and exciting expansions, to lodging updates and new cultural offerings, there will be even more for visitors to enjoy in Ohio during 2019. More…

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Dispatch Profiles Shawshank 25

7 Mar , 2019  

Planning is well underway for this August’s celebration of the quarter century anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, and word is getting out.

On Friday, news hit the Columbus and other Gatehouse Media markets through a piece entitled, ‘Shawshank cast gathers to celebrate 25th anniversary in Mansfield.’ In the staff-written piece, the author shares the up-to-date list of cast members who have registered their intention to appear; a list of locations along the Shawshank Trail; and a list of events during the celebration. More…

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Inkcarceration Announces Lineup

16 Jan , 2019  

It’s a day that rock music fans have been looking forward to for some time.

The second annual Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival is set for July 12 through 14 at the Ohio State Reformatory, and the lineup of music and artists has been announced.

The Festival will feature over 50 tattoo artists willing to make their talent available to attendees, and this year over 30 groups will be on hand to rock out the crowd on two stages. Headliners this year include Shinedown, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch. More…

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OSR Seeking Unique People For A Bit Of Mystery

4 Jan , 2019  

Auditions for the 10th murder mystery dinner theater at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield will be held this Sunday, January 6 and Monday, January 7, both starting at 6 PM.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script. This is a partially scripted show with heavy interaction and improv with the audience. Special skills such as juggling and other “circus” or “side show” skills and talents are encouraged. More…

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Mansfield Barber Expo Coming TO OSR

10 Nov , 2018  

Known as the “Battle in the Yard,” the Mansfield Barber Expo will be held at the Ohio State Reformatory on Sunday, November 18 from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM. More…

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History & Tourism, Holidays

Santa Behind Bars

7 Nov , 2018  

It might not be the first combination which comes to mind – the holiday season, a prison, and ghosts.

That’s just what is happening later this month when the historic Ohio State Reformatory will be open for Holiday Tours. More…

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History & Tourism

Face Your Fears And Escape From OSR

29 Sep , 2018  

The annual fall haunted experience at the Ohio State Reformatory is now underway.

Escape from Blood Prison has opened its doors to provide a “haunted hellscape” in an authentic former prison. You are welcomed to test that authenticity. More…


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OSR Offering New Shorter Tours This Month

9 Sep , 2018  

This month, the Ohio State Reformatory is offering new abbreviated tours.

These tours take place seven days a week through September 27, from 11 AM to 4 PM each day. Take a self-guided “Haunted Halls of OSR” tour and experience long ago history, traces of Hollywood magic, and maybe even a glimpse of the otherworldly. Daring guests can also check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peel of the Halloween event, “Escape from Blood Prison.” More…

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AP Distributes Story Nationally About Shawshank And Mansfield

4 Sep , 2018  

The Associated Press has distributed a story focusing on next year’s twenty-five year anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption release.

The article by Clint O’Connor of the Akron Beacon-Journal looks not only at the way that the movie’s settings are still used, but also at the recent filming of Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station at OSR.

The post can be read here on the website of US News and World Report.


History & Tourism

TheDailyWoo Visits OSR: Video

7 Aug , 2018  

Mansfield recently welcomed a nationally known videographer.

TheDailyWoo, and its predecessor YouTube site adamthewoo, has been entertaining online audiences since 2012, first with a daily vlog, and now posting one every few days. The YouTube sites have over 560,000 subscribers, and its videos have been viewed 127 million times. More…

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8 Jul , 2018  

The inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival (July 13-15 at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory) kicks off in less than a week! At INKCARCERATION, not only will attendees rock out to three days of live music from 30+ of today’s greatest rock bands, they can also get tattooed by acclaimed local and regional artists, tour one of the most famous haunted reformatories of all time, enjoy tasty treats and refreshments from 15+ food trucks onsite, browse goods from a number of vendors, experience a full rock n’ roll circus sideshow (brought to you by Hellzapoppin), and more. More…


History & Tourism

Updated — Rescue Efforts Underway For Ohio State Reformatory Architect’s Mansion

2 Jul , 2018  

UPDATED JULY 2, 2018 (first published October 28, 2016) While many of Mansfield’s 19th and early 20th century’s large residences and commercial buildings were designed by local architects, including Vernon Redding, Frank Hursh, and others, the Ohio State Reformatory came from a different architectural vision. More…


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Chops, Whalers, Goatees, And More

26 Jun , 2018  

After a successful 2017 event at the world-famous and historic Ohio State Reformatory, Beards of the Old Northwest is taking you back to prison for “Beards Behind Bars 2” this coming Saturday, June 30 from 5 PM to 11 PM.

Walk the same halls as history’s most infamous prisoners. Immerse yourself into the foundation that formed “The Shawshank Redemption.” Hunt for the paranormal on the Reformatory grounds! More…

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