Step into the lives of your favorite characters from one of the most popular movies of the past 15 years. The Shawshank Redemption, a blockbuster 1994 movie, was filmed largely in Mansfield, Ohio. A tour of the many Mansfield locations will lead you to Andy Dufresne's (Tim Robbins) jail-cell, the park where Brooks (James Whitmore) fed the pigeons, and the Oak Tree where Red (Morgan Freeman) found the note from Andy. For more information, visit www.shawshanktrail.com
Following are some of the most popular destinations along the "Shawshank" movie trail:
1) Ohio State Reformatory - The Historic Ohio State Reformatory was used as a fictional penitentiary, Shawshank Prison. See the hole that Andy dug through his cell wall to escape and the tunnel he crawled through. It is just 2-feet in diameter.
2) "Brooks Feeding the Pigeons in the Park" - Downtown Mansfield
The park offers visitors two acres in downtown Mansfield, a gazebo, gardens, picnic area, playground equipment, the Historic Vasbinder Fountain, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and monuments. "Brooks" sat down on the bench in Central Park to feed the birds, hoping his friend Jake (his pet crow) would show up to say hello, but he never did.
3) Andy's Home - Pugh Cabin at Malabar Farm State Park – a day-use facility
This authentic log home was featured in the opening scenes of The Shawshank Redemption. Don’t miss the ‘Big House’ at Malabar Farm, where stars of stage and screen used to come to the country to visit Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield. The home was the site of the prestigious 1945 wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
4) Oak Tree - near Malabar Farm
*NOTE: The Oak tree was damaged by a storm, only half the tree remains.
As you drive east along Pleasant Valley Rd. just past the entrance to Malabar Farm State Park, look to your left to see the famous oak tree where Red walked along a hay field and removed stones from a rock wall where Andy kept his money.