Halloween is fast approaching and these four haunted tours in the Mid-Atlantic are sure to appease any wandering soul. Whether you are a believer in the paranormal or not, these prisons, hospitals and asylums are filled to the brim with stories passed down through the generations.
The Ohio State Reformatory, also referred to as the Mansfield Reformatory, is a historic prison located in Mansfield, Ohio. Constructed between 1886 and 1896, it remained in operation until a 1990 federal court order required it to be closed. The facility is best known for its role in the Shawshank Redemption.
The 20th anniversary of Shawshank Redemption’s debut is planned for this weekend, from August 29 until the 31, with events and tours taking place in Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio!
In honor of Preservation month, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. and Preservation Ohio have teamed up to show the city’s historic past with the Forbidden City Tour. The event includes a self guided tour of five buildings:
- Second floor of City Grille
- Second floor above City News
- City Mills Building
- Eagles Building
- Charles Schroer Mortuary Building
The cost is $20 per person and can be purchased prior or on the day of the event. The Forbidden City Tour is May 5 from 1 PM to 5 PM.
To be offered beginning in June, the Indianapolis, Indiana Catacomb tours will take the public beneath City Market into mostly unknown catacombs that date to 1886. The cavernous walkways, featuring brick archways and columns of limestone, encompass more than 20,000 square feet and were part of Tomlinson Hall, a structure along Market Street that burned in 1958.