Mansfield has developed a reputation for offering opportunities to connect visitors with “the other side.”
Individual attractions such as the Ohio State Reformatory and Bissman Building are visited weekly by those engaged in paranormal hunts. Regional marketing organization Destination Mansfield – Richland County packages several of these venues together as “Haunted Mansfield,” described on its website as follows:
“Mansfield draws upon its haunted population to secure a spot as the Haunted Capital of Ohio with five haunted sites. Whether you’re an expert in the field of paranormal activity, just starting out on your journey of serious exploration, or simply an avid amateur, spend a haunted night in Mansfield because we do scary well!
Our free down-loadable Haunted Mansfield Guide lets you know about the public places in our area that experts find haunted, provides details about the site, describes the haunted highlights, and later gives you a calendar of upcoming events and packages.”
As it turns out, however, ours is not the only Mansfield making a name for itself in the paranormal community. According to the website hauntedplaces.org, there are no less than 11 “haunted” locations within 20 miles from our Sister City of Mansfield, England. Included among those are castles, a theatre, ancient manor houses, and interestingly a former jail! That list, with links for additional information, can be accessed at this location online.
Below is a recent video from one of the Mansfield England’s spooky locations, showcasing a piano that apparently plays on its own.