Explore The Ohio State Reformatory

The Ohio State Reformatory

Welcome to the Quality Inn in Bellville, Ohio! Here, comfort and convenience come together to provide you with an unforgettable stay. Not only that, but we are located in close proximity to one of the region’s most captivating attractions, the Ohio State Reformatory. Perfect for anyone interested in local history, the paranormal, and movies! Our hotel offers the perfect base for exploring the area’s rich history and architectural marvels.

Nestled deep in downtown Mansfield, just a short drive from our hotel, the Ohio State Reformatory stands as a magnificent testament to the past, both locally and nationally. Originally built in the late 19th century, this grand structure served as a correctional facility until its closure in 1990. Today, it still stands as a museum that offers visitors a glimpse into the world of the incarcerated. Also, you can get a first-hand look at how the classic film, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’! With genuine props and shooting locations throughout, embrace your inner cinephile.

The Ohio State Reformatory offers a variety of tours and exhibits to cater to every interest. Explore the history of the facility through its comprehensive museum displays, or embark on a guided tour to learn about the prison’s most notorious inmates and its role in popular culture. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, the reformatory also hosts paranormal investigations and ghost hunts, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the experience. Many say they feel a presence during the tour… Will you?

Conveniently located near the Ohio State Reformatory, the Quality Inn in Bellville provides the perfect haven after a day of exploration. Unwind in our comfortable and well-appointed rooms, featuring modern amenities and a welcoming ambiance. Enjoy a refreshing swim in our indoor pool or stay active in our fitness center. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast, ensuring you start your day off right before heading out to further explore the area’s attractions.

Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a fan of unique architecture, or simply seeking a captivating experience, the Ohio State Reformatory is a must-visit attraction during your stay at the Quality Inn in Bellville. Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating tales that echo through these hallowed halls, knowing that comfort and relaxation await you just moments away at our hotel.

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Ohio State Reformatory

With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders.  Five major motion pictures have been filmed on location including “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Air Force One” and “Escape Plan 3” (2018).  Abandoned in 1990, the original cell-blocks and administration areas remain intact.

Shawshank Trail Driving Tour

As you travel along the 14 authentic filming sites of The Shawshank Trail, you can touch and feel the places Andy and Red did. Feel the same hope Andy talked about while you explore Shawshank Prison, or walk down the same road as Red on his way to Fort Hancock, Texas. You’ve seen the gang’s original adventure, now it’s time to finish your own. Don’t let your love of The Shawshank Redemption end once the movie is over.