Last weekend we took a trip to the Mansfield Reformatory. It was my first time going there and was SO FUN! I have never seen Shawshank Redemption (which is a movie filmed at the Mansfield Reformatory), but you don’t need to because the history behind it is really interesting. Just looking at the architecture was enough to take your breath away.
I had ordered tickets off Groupon about a month ago. General admission is $9.00 and with a college ID it is $7.00, but buying the tickets on Groupon got the cost down to $5.00 each! This price was for a self-guided tour, so we only have to pay an extra $5.00 each to take a guided tour (So worth it!!). I highly recommend checking Groupon out because there are so many great deals and it’s not a scam whatsoever! They also still have this deal up so if you would like to check this awesome place out, do so quickly!
Before the guided tour started, we had time to tour the building on our own. I really appreciated how the paint was left to peel on the walls because it helps you get a grasp for how old the vicinity actually is. You are also able to walk inside the cells and even close the doors if you want (not my cup of tea, but hey, go for it!). With it being so warm outside, we assumed the temperature inside would not be too bad. Wrong! It was severely colder inside than it was outside. Take a jacket with you so you don’t make the same mistake we did. You will thank me later.
There were several options for the guided tours. We opted for the “Behind the Scenes” because that offered seeing the most areas of the building we couldn’t see without a guide. The tour guides really know their stuff too (and they’re all volunteers!) so we were able to hear some interesting background stories along the way through. The Reformatory also has ghost hunts and over-nighters during the Fall, but there was something about seeing it during the day-time that made you better appreciate all the little details. Plus, we didn’t have to keep looking over our shoulders with fear that a ghost would freak us out.
My favorite thing to do is try and explore new things and places. Seeing and learning about the history of this notorious prison was definitely time well spent. If you haven’t yet been, I suggest you get over there!