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Exciting Events

Exciting events have been happening at OSR. Many people participated in the ghost hunts and walks this past weekend. These events will be continued to be offered throughout August. You can learn more about these wonderful and fun events here: /calendar Read More...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much of the prison do you get to see on the self-guided tour?                                      A: You get to Read More...

The Ohio Penitentiary

From the website of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Built in 1834, the Ohio Penitentiary was actually the second Ohio Penitentiary, the third state prison, and the fourth jail in early Columbus. In April 1955 it housed an all-time high of 5,235 prisoners. Most prisoners were remov Read More...

Shawshank Hustle

Escape from Shawshank Prison at the Shawshank Hustle 7k Race!This unique event offers runners and walkers at every level the chance to compete in a family fun race that features filming locations from the beloved film The Shawshank Redemption.Starting and ending at the Historic Ohio State Reformator Read More...

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The weather is bad. Is the Reformatory still open?  A: If Richland County, Ohio is under a level 3 snow emergency at 9:00am or later, the Reformatory will be closed Tours. If level 3 is standing or reported at 4:00 pm or later, that days evening events will be canceled. Otherwise, the Refor Read More...


Paranormal and Psychic Convention at one of America’s most famous Haunted PrisonsHosted 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 Read More...

Embrace the Past Brick Program

Embrace the Past  Become part of a legacy by supporting the Ohio State Reformatory.  Purchase a custom engraved brick to be placed in our entryway courtyard and share in the rich history the Ohio State Reformatory has enjoyed. Every order placed helps fund the restoration work this build Read More...

November and Beyond

                Visit the Ohio State Reformatory during our Holiday season and beyond…                For the first time, this November we will Read More...

Society Membership

Join the Ohio State Reformatory Society Membership programYou can not only support the Ohio State Reformatory but also receive exclusive member benefits by joining our membership program. Each membership includes free admission for day tours for one year, a personalized membership card, in Read More...


The Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting The Ohio State Reformatory. We are entirely funded by donations and every donation we receive goes directly into the maintenance and restoration of this historic location. Please help us ensure this Read More...

Tale of Two Cities: The Journey from OSR to ManCI

by John Futty. (Reprinted with permission from the Mansfield News Journal) December 9, 1990 There was no mistaking Mansfield's excitement on November 4, 1886, when ceremonies marked the laying of the cornerstone for an intermediate state prison that would become know as the Ohio State Reformatory. Read More...

Volunteer Opportunities

  OSR has a wonderful group of volunteers who share their time assisting with tours and various events at OSR. Our team of volunteers helps to ensure the preservation of this magnificent structure.   OSR will begin accepting volunteer applications in September 2018 for the following ye Read More...

Ghost Hunts

Ghost Hunts in Mansfield, Ohio Event One  Event Two  Event Three
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