History: The Central Guard Room - The Ohio State Reformatory Preservation Society

History: The Central Guard Room

History: The Central Guard Room
October 25, 2021

The Central Guard Room is located in the center of the Reformatory on the second floor and was integral to the prison's operation. Inmates would have entered through this room during the processing at the beginning of their sentence, and would also leave the Reformatory through this space. This space had several purposes throughout the prison's operation as well, including being used for visitation, and the control center for guards. After the Reformatory closed, the Shawshank Redemption used this space to film the cafeteria scenes for the movie. Today the space is used for various events held by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society.

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The Ohio State Reformatory offers only abbreviated tours from September 6th-November 15th due to the Blood Prison Haunted House setup. During this time, there will be no access to solitary confinement, the lower levels of the cell blocks, or the showers. The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum is closed as well. If you want to see these locations, please plan your visit for either before September 6th or after November 15th. All guided tours will still be 90 minutes long and will become a combination of Hollywood Meets History and Beyond the Bars locations. 

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