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  • 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 www.shawshanktrail.com 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
    • Email: jpuster@mansfieldtourism.com
    • Website: http://www.mansfieldtourism.com
  • Stengel True Museum

    This brick mansion was built during the Civil War. Many artifacts from the Colonial through the Civil War eras, featuring primitive lighting, weapons, Indian relics, cast iron toys plus a Hickory Dickory Dock clock.

    • Address: 504 S. State Street
      Marion, Ohio 43302
    • Phone: Local Number: 7403876140
    • Email:
    • Website:
  • U.S. Grant Schoolhouse

    Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Point Pleasant in April 1822. In 1823, his parents moved twenty miles east to Georgetown, where his father opened his own tannery. Ulysses worked in his father's tannery and, from the ages of about six to thirteen, he attended classes in the little schoolhouse on Water Street.

    The building, built in 1829, consisted of only one room at that time. The teacher was John White, whom Grant mentioned in his memoirs. Later, he attended an academy in Maysville, Kentucky, for a year, and then John Rankin's academy at Ripley for a year. His father then succeeded in getting him appointed to West Point where, through a bureaucratic error, his name was listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant.

    • Address: 508 S. Water St.
      Georgetown, Ohio 45121
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (877) 372-8177
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/grantschool
  • Follett House Museum

    Four floors featuring the history of Sandusky, Erie County, and Johnson’s Island; Victorian clothing and toys; Civil War artifacts; photographs and artifacts from local businesses and industries; and a collection of WWI and II military uniforms and posters.

    • Address: 404 Wayne St.
      Sandusky, Ohio 44870
    • Phone: Local Number: (419) 627-9608
    • Email:
    • Website: http://www.sandusky.lib.oh.us/follett_house
  • Zoar Village

    This quaint  German village was founded in 1817 by religious dissenters called the Society of Separatists.  The Society named their village Zoar, which is taken from the bible and means "place of refuge".  Zoar today is an island of Old-World charm in east-central Ohio. Many of the German-style structures built by the Zoarites have been restored and are open to the public as Zoar Village State Memorial. Others are privately-owned, and serve as residences, shops, restaurants and bed and breakfast inns.

    Visitors can experience the life of the agrarian Separatists by visiting the eleven restored buildings (recently added Town Hall Museum, and Ohio Erie Canal Museum, Number One House, or "Kings Palace", Kitchen, Dining Room/Magazine Complex, Garden House, Bakery, Tinshop, Dairy and Springhouse , Wagon Shop, Blacksmith Shop and the original Zoar Store), which are staffed with costumed interpreters and furnished with period items made or used by the Separatists. Buildings may be staffed, and others open by guided tour. Volunteers give craft demonstrations and interpret the history during the the guided and self guided tours.Yearly special events include the Harvest Festival, and Christmas in Zoar. Bi-yearly events include the Civil War reenactment, the Historic Zoar Garden Tour and luncheon , and Applefest.

    The Historic Zoar Garden is a 2 1/2 acre flower garden, based on the communal society's religious beliefs.  The garden is open year round and  free to the public.  Zoar now hosts a trail head for the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.  The trail is 2.9 miles long, and runs from Zoar to Fort Laurens in Bolivar, Ohio.

    • Address: 198 Main Street
      P.O. Box 621
      Zoar, Ohio 44697
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 262-6195
    • Email: zoarinfo@historiczoarvillage.com
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org
  • Historic Lyme Village

    Historic Lyme Village is a restored collection of buildings in a village setting spanning a one-hundred-year period from 1830 to 1930. Some buildings are restored while others contain museum displays.







    Buildings include the Victorian Wright mansion, a brick one room school, a log church and log homes, Seymour House (a stop on the underground railroad), Lyme Post Office, Schug Hardware, several barns, a blacksmith shop, cobblers shop, woodworking shop, a visitor's center with research library, and rest rooms. Tour Guides will escort you through the Village or you may tour the village on you own.







    Open June through August, Tuesday - Sunday, closed Mondays. Open Sundays only in September . Other months by appointment only.







    Special events are held in the villages during the year including a Victorian Tea: Pioneer Days held the weekend after Labor Day every year; Storybook halloween held in October; and special Christmas events held in December.







    Services are held in the Log Church from the First Sunday in June to the Second Sunday in October every year at 8 AM as well as Christmas Eve And Easter Sunrise Service.



    • Address: 5001 State Route 4
      Bellevue, Ohio 44811
    • Phone: Local Number: 4194834949
    • Email: info@lymevillage.com
    • Website: http://www.lymevillage.com
  • Fort Hill Earthworks & Nature Preserve

    Fort Hill Earthworks & Nature Preserve is a nature preserve containing one of the best preserved Indian hilltop enclosures in North America. The Hopewell Indians (100 B.C.-A.D. 500) constructed the 1 1/2 mile long earthwork hilltop enclosure as well as at least two ceremonial buildings and probably a village in the Brush creek Valley.

    Lying at the western edge of the Allegheny Plateau, immediately south of the glacial boundary, this hilly area contains an impressive diversity of bedrock, soils, flora, and fauna. There are 11 miles of hiking trails at the 1,200-acre preserve as well as a picnic area.

    • Address: 13614 Fort Hill Road
      Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
    • Phone: Toll-Free: (800) 283-8905
    • Email: communications@ohiohistory.org
    • Website: http://www.ohiohistory.org/forthill
  • Victorian House Museum - Holmes County Historical Society

    In the heart of Ohio Amish country, this beautiful Victorian Mansion is the home of the Holmes County Historical Society. With 28 beautifully appointed rooms waiting for your discovery, this classic example of Queen Anne architecture is full of antiques furnished by local citizens. From the breath taking facade to the elegant white oak staircase that greets you as you enter, you'll be amazed at the details you find in this gem of Millersburg. You will step back in time as you tour all four floors of our mansion, from the exquisite ballroom on the fourth floor to the sauna and steam room in our basement. Our tours are self-guided, so take as much time as you want. Beautiful parquet floors are a must see! There is something here for everyone, young and old. Tours are self guided March weekends only, April - Oct. Tues. - Sunday- $8.00 for adults,senior citizen $7.00, students $3.00 and children under 12 FREE! Bus tours are welcome and can be arranged for special times. Why not spend the day in historic Millersburg to complete your tour?

    • Address: 484 Wooster Rd.
      Millersburg, Ohio 44654
    • Phone: Local Number: 3306740022
    • Email: info@holmeshistory.com
    • Website: http://www.victorianhouse.org
  • American Civil War Museum of Ohio

    History buffs and families will learn about the Civil Warand Ohio’s role in this unique educational center meant for all ages. This10,000 sq. ft. facility offers exhibits, research library, theatre, gift shop,and 40 hands-on activities. Please check our website for events & times.Collecting, Preserving and Informing.

    • Address: 217 S. Washington Street
      Tiffin, Ohio 44883
    • Phone: Local Number: 419-455-9551
    • Email: info@acwmo.org
    • Website: http://www.acwmo.org
  • Amish Tours

    Ridgeview Country Tours, provides Amish tours in Geauga and Trumbull County in Ohio.  Delight in our historic towns and rolling countryside as you meet our Amish neighbors.

    Enjoy several different itineraries in Amish Country for groups of 25 or more. While some take you on the back roads, we take you through the back doors! Visit and enjoy a wedding feast in an Amish home. Tour many different cottage industries as you "Meet our Amish Friends". 

    Tour the 2nd largest Amish settlement in Ohio with a local step on guide.

    Ask about our day trips or multi-day tours.   Just call Sharon today and travel the roads less traveled! Do not forget to ask for our new tour catalog.  Start planning wonderful memories for your group!

    Visit our web site for a complete list of tours at OhioAmishTours.com.

    • Address: 5488 Kinsman Rd
      Middlefield, Ohio 44062
    • Phone: Local Number: 4406934000
    • Email: sharon@ridgeviewfarmtours.com
    • Website: http://ohioamishtour.com
  • Kelleys Island Lake Erie Fishing Charters

    Kelleys Island Lake Erie Fishing charters specializes in walleye and perch fishing for parties up to six adults and/or children. This is an excellent way to spend a day on Lake Erie fishing with friends and family. Children are welcome and will be spoiled with attention. We cater to families as well to the experienced hard-core fishermen.
    Offering full day walleye charters and full and half day perch charters.


    • Address: 120 Lakeview
      Kelleys Island, Ohio 43438
    • Phone: Toll-Free: 888-306-7835
    • Email: captpark@bex.net
    • Website: http://www.kelleysislandcharters.com
  • Rio Valley Stables

    Gallia County's newest addition to outdoor recreation!  Rio Valley Stables offers trail rides, Adult and Youth Riding Lessons, Overnight Camp Outs, Carriage Rides, Group Parties and Rates and hourly Hay Rides.  The stables also offer full and pasture boarding for anyone interested in owning their own horse.

    • Address: 635 Farmview Road
      Bidwell, Ohio 45614
    • Phone: Local Number: 740-245-5342
    • Email: info@riovalleystables.com
    • Website: http://www.riovalleystables.com
  • Wild Zipline Safari at the Wilds

    Enjoy the Wilds from an aerial perspective! Led by two professionally trained guides, this 2 ½ hour zipline safari tour consists of 10 ziplines and a rappel built on a series of observation platforms overlooking various rare and endangered animal species that are home to the Wilds. You'll zip along a network of cables, through the trees, over the animal watering holes, lakes, and pastures.  This tour is designed to excite anyone with a love for wildlife and a bit of adventure.  Don’t miss this incredible, first of its kind, outdoor experience during your visit to the Wilds!



    Wild Zipline Safari also offers other zipline tours on a LIMITED availability, like the Sunset Zipline Safari on Saturday and Sunday evenings!.  Make your reservation today.

    • Address: 14000 International Rd
      Cumberland, Ohio 43732
    • Phone: Local Number: (740) 638-5030 x2947
    • Email: info@zipthewilds.com
    • Website: http://www.zipthewilds.com

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