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.


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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…


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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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Music Lineup Announced For INKARCERATION At OSR

2 Mar , 2018  

The Ohio State Reformatory will certainly be rocking this July. On Thursday, the new INKarceration Music and Tattoo Festival unveiled its debut music lineup featuring a battery of well-known bands.

Consider this. Over 30 bands on two stages. A tattoo festival with some 70 artist booths. Food trucks. Tours of the Reformatory. Vendors and the Hellzapoppin’ rock n’ roll circus sideshow.
Bands schedule to appear include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, and many others. More…

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OSR Hosts Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

10 Feb , 2018  

Everybody loves a good mystery. From classic characters like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, to modern day tv shows like Psych and CSI, mysteries are making a huge splash in pop culture. This is seen in the rise of popularity of murder mystery parties, with do-it-yourself home kits, bookable theatre companies, interactive productions and corporate events. More…

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OSR Seeking Volunteers In A Very Unique Way

1 Feb , 2018  

Are you “in the know” about the Ohio State Reformatory – or would like to be? Do you like the idea of interacting with people seeking to experience a unique tourist attraction?

The Ohio State Reformatory is looking for volunteer guides and museum store staff for the upcoming tour season. To apply, there’s a slight twist. More…

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Local Media Roundup: Ink In The Clink

25 Jan , 2018  

Over the last 48 hours, several media sources in Mansfield and Cleveland have reported on news that the Ink in the Clink festival, held last year at The Ohio State Reformatory, has apparently lost two planned venues. Media have covered this story from several angles as news developed.

As part of our role to keep our readers connected with local stories, here is a roundup of stories which we have been following concerning these developments. More…

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Former Ohio State Reformatory Staff Travel Back In Time: Video

9 Jan , 2018  

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is taking a step back in time this month – and, in particular, looking at Mansfield’s venerable Ohio State Reformatory.

Former staff recently traveled back inside the famed Reformatory. More…


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OSR Marketing Director Profiled By OSUM

16 Oct , 2017  

From million-dollar movie sets to haunted ghost tours, Ohio State Mansfield graduate Dan Smith has a part in all of the action as the marketing director at the Ohio State Reformatory.

Smith grew up in the Mansfield area. From a young age, he knew he wanted to attend The Ohio State University at Mansfield. “Probably around 9th grade, I made up my mind where I wanted to go,” Smith reminisces. “My mom went to Ohio State Mansfield and a lot of my friends went here and loved it. I knew it was the place for me.” More…

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Reformatory To Close Tour Season On September 4

24 Aug , 2017  

It’s that time of the year when regular tours at the Ohio State Reformatory end and preparations for the annual Halloween season event begin.

This year, the popular attraction’s last summer public tours will take place on September 3. On the following day, the venue closes as preparations begin for “Escape from Blood Prison.” Regular day tours will not begin again until November 24. More…


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Stallone, Others To Film In Mansfield; Open Casting Call Issued

15 Aug , 2017  

Mansfield will shortly be the site for yet another Hollywood film.

“Escape Plan 3,” starring Sylvester Stallone, will begin filming this fall in Richland County. Previous installments of the series have included actors Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. More…

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