The Shawshank Redemption

by DiscoverOhio

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 

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.



Tour Stops

  • Shawshank Trail Tour

    The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Tour in Mansfield, Ohio!  Explore the sites!  Stand in the same location as Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman!  See where this impressive movie was filmed!   Hear the fascinating stories!  The Shawshank Trail Drive-it-Yourself Brochure will help you navigate your way around Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio at your own pace visiting the same sites as Hollywood once did when they were filming Shawshank Redemption.  Visitors and fans can print the brochure from with directions for each destination.Highlights of the tour let you see first hand the tunnel in which Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) dug his way to freedom, on display at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory.  Or the opening scene at Pugh Cabin on the property of Malabar Farm State Park where Andy waited for his wife and lover.  See where Brooks fed the pigeons in Central Park in downtown Mansfield.  You can even sit in the very seats where the premier of The Shawshank Redemption was shown in 1993 at the Historic Renaissance Theatre. These are just a few attractions in the Mansfield area where Hollywood walked . . . now you can too!The web site lists attractions that are open to the general public with their hours of operation.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras for great photo opportunities!  Please note that the Oak Tree is located on private property and photos may only be taken from across the road on Malabar Farm State Park's property.The majority of the movie was filmed in Mansfield, with scenes from Ashland, Butler, Upper Sandusky, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Portland, Maine.

    • Address: 124 N. Main St.
      Mansfield, Ohio 44902
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 8006428282
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  • Malabar Farm State Park

    Malabar Farm State Park is in Richland County near Mansfield, and an hour's drive NE of Columbus. Malabar Farm was home to Pulitzer Prize-winning author and conservationist Louis Bromfield. In the 1940s-50s Bromfield entertained Hollywood personalities at the scenic farm.  Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall were married here.

    Tour the farm & "Big House" just as Bromfield left them in 1956. Tours are offered daily Memorial Day-Labor Day, closed Mondays & holidays after Labor Day, call for hours Jan. 1-Apr. 30. Wagon tours also offered. Fee charged for tours. A picnic area provides tables & grills. 

    The Visitor Education center features green technologies including solar and wind power, educational displays, meeting rooms and a gift shop. There is an outdoor aviary nearby.
    Malabar Farm offers a variety of sepcial events year-round, including farm field days, square dances, workshops, Ohio Heritage Days, Christmas at Malabar and an annual maple syrup festival.

    The Pugh Cabin can be rented for small group functions. It offers a kitchen, fireplaces & common room for day-use only. The Malabar Farm Restaurant is open daily in spring, through fall for lunch & dinner, & during events & winter weekends.

    Visitors can hike, ride horseback or cross-country ski on 12 miles of scenic multi-use trails. A 15-site campground for horsemen & family campers has basic amenities.

    • Address: 4050 Bromfield Road
      Lucas, Ohio 44843
    • Phone: Local Number: 4198922784
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