Last weekend my brother and I visited Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio.
Man people know the prison from films, mainly The Shawshank Redemption. I didn’t want to visit due to the movies that has used the building. I wanted to visit because I just like seeing old buildings in general. There’s just something I love about stepping into an old building, stepping back in time.
The tour we took was self guided. This meant we could take our time and look at things for as long as we wanted. There are arrows through the building that you just follow. The tour like this was great because I could take my time with pictures and not feel rushed to keep up with the group.
In total I think we spent around 2 hours (or more). There were other groups of people touring it too. The only downside is the kids.
Let me make something clear, I think taking kids (early teens and on) to tours and building like this is a great thing. Teaching them history through visiting a place will stick with them. Now that I said that, make sure you kids respect the other people there. The kids who were there were just running wild – seriously, they were running through the building. I found it very disrespectful to other people there as well as the building.
To view all the pictures from the tour: The Ohio State Reformatory.