Ohio State Reformatory Listed As Stop On Ohio Tourism Site

  • 4/10/2019 6:04:08 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - As part of a push to increase tourism throughout the Buckeye State, the team behind "Ohio. Find It Here" put together a list of ten road trips for visitors to experience the best of what Ohio has to offer. One of the ten road trips, titled "Rock, Ride, and Explore," listed Mansfield's Ohio State Reformatory as a must-see destination for visitors to explore the historical prison.

"We are thrilled to have sites from our area included in Ohio's new road trips campaign," said Destination Mansfield President Lee Tasseff. "Road trips provide a fun and accessible way for travelers to explore a new place or rediscover a place where they have already been."

Opened in 1896, the site housed over 150,000 inmates within the stone walls until it was closed in 1990. Today, the facility is used for a variety of events throughout the year, from the Pour One Nine Beerfest to the INKcarceration Music Festival and Halloween attractions such as Blood Prison. The site was also used for a variety of film and television productions, including IMDB.com's highest-rated film of all time, The Shawshank Redemption. The Shawshank Redemption will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2019, with actor Bob Gunton returning to the Mansfield area for the occasion.

Other Mansfield and Richland County locations that were mentioned within the trip stops included The Wishmaker House Bed & Breakfast, The Vault Wine Bar, Somewhere In Time Bed & Breakfast, Hudson & Essex, and The Wine and Ale Trail.

"Ohio is located within a day's drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, and research tells us Ohio visitors are driving here from surrounding states," said Matt MacLaren, Director of TourismOhio. "We created RoadTrips.Ohio.org to be a fun and easy way for families and friends to find experiences they can enjoy together."

According to Destination Mansfield, the tourism industry is the fourth-largest employer in Richland County, supporting 4,736 jobs with a payroll of $95.7 million. Tourism also generates spending within Richland County with visitors spending a total of $338.5 million and local taxes of $8.6 million.

To see the full list of road trips and the stops covered in each article, visit roadtrips.ohio.org.




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