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Gates Brown- An Inmate Success Story

February 2, 2024
  Gates Brown was born in Crestline, Ohio in 1939. A star athlete for Crestline High School, Gates unfortunately found himself with “the wrong crowd”, and he spent some of […]

Restoration Updates – January 2024

January 11, 2024
Restoring Original Woodwork in the Administrative Areas   Our restoration team at the Ohio State Reformatory is always hard at work restoring areas of the quarter-million-square-foot structure. Restoring the original […]


January 11, 2024
From the Dayton Daily News Sunday, June 8th, 1930 Article found on Content Warning: This material contains references to violence, which some readers may find distressing. Reader discretion is […]

History: The Central Guard Room

October 25, 2021
The Central Guard Room is located in the center of the Reformatory…

Gift Cards Are Now Available!

September 17, 2021
We are excited to announce that gift cards are now available online and on-site!

History: The East Cell Block

August 6, 2021
Pictured here is the East Cell Block of the Ohio State Reformatory.

The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum

August 3, 2021
Admission to The North Central Ohio Industrial Museum is included with the purchase of a self-guided or guided tour ticket. The museum is located off of the bullpen, between the East and West cell blocks.

History: “The Alley”

May 29, 2021
At the center of each tier in the cellblocks, in between the two ranges of cells, is a door that opened to an area known as “The Alley.”..

Guided Tours Are Back!

May 28, 2021
The Ohio State Reformatory is pleased to announce that public guided tours are starting up again on June 2nd!

Hollywood News: Judas and the Black Messiah

May 27, 2021
Shawshank Prison finds itself, once again, on the silver screen…

Restoration Updates

April 20, 2021
One never knows what one will find behind a corner, lodged in a cell crevice, or behind a cupboard…

ParaPsyCon 2020

January 17, 2020
Hosted by the Tri-C Ghost Hunters, this annual event features speakers that include well-known authors, psychics, paranormal investigators and other experts in the arenas of the paranormal. A wide array of quality vendors offer unique, hard-to-find, and handmade items.