Prison Announces Overnight 2010 Ghost Hunt Dates; Launches New Ghost Walk Experiences
The infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, operated by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society.
MANSFIELD, OH, February 03, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The infamous Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, operated by the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, today announced the 2010 dates for its wildly popular overnight Ghost Hunts. Named one of the Travel Channel's "101 Things to do before you Die," these unusual overnight experiences are a hit with anyone interested in paranormal activity or just seeking a truly unusual travel getaway. The Hunts begin March 13 and are offered at least twice monthly through December 11, 2010.
The Ghost Hunts have grown dramatically in popularity, with all of the proceeds going directly into restoring the incredible architecture of this important historical structure. Each Hunt is limited to 100 participants. 2010 Ghost Hunt dates include:
Saturday, March 13, Saturday, March 27, Saturday, April 10, Saturday, April 24, Friday, May 7, Saturday, May 22 -sold out, Friday, June 4, Saturday, June 12, Friday, June 25, Saturday, July 31, Saturday, August 14, Saturday, August 28, Friday, September 3, Friday, November 12, Saturday, November 20, Saturday, and Saturday, December 11.
In addition to the Ghost Hunts, eight Ghost Walks have been added to the 2010 calendar. During the Ghost Walks, tour guides will lead guests through the dark halls and corridors of the reformatory to spots where paranormal activity has been reported. Stories of eerie experiences, murder and death will make this a hauntingly fun event for all. 2010 Ghost Walks will be held on the following dates:
Friday, May 23, Sunday, June 6, Friday, June 18, Friday, July 9, Sunday, July 25, Friday, August 20, Sunday, August 29, and Sunday, September 5.
During the Ghost Hunts, volunteer tour guides circulate through the prison to answer questions and outline its history. Participants are also free to explore the prison on their own. However, the prison is not lighted and participants are encouraged to bring flashlights.
The cost of the Ghost Hunts is $65/person and includes access to the building from 8 p.m.-5 a.m., as well as late-night pizza and soft drinks. All participants must be 21 years of age or older. The Ghost Walks cost $15 for adults and $8 for children, ages 12-17. Tours run from 8 - 10 p.m. and reservations are required. In addition, public tours of the Reformatory are offered each Sunday, May through early September. More information, including a journal from past Ghost Hunts, is available at www.mansfieldtourism.com or www.mrps.org, or by calling toll free, (800) 642-8282.
Built in 1886, Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) served for 94 years as a working prison, housing more than 154,000 prisoners. OSR has been the setting for major motion pictures, including The Shawshank Redemption, Air Force One and others. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the prison boasts the world's largest free-standing steel cellblock.
Ghost Hunt Recovery packages are offered by area hotels as the perfect remedy after a night of spirit chasing, with some packages including a Jacuzzi tub, indoor pools, late check out and breakfast. The Shawshank Trail is just one of a long list of truly one-of-a-kind experiences travelers find when visiting in Mansfield, Ohio. Breathtaking scenery and rural and hometown experiences, as well as hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and other outdoor adventures are among the many attractions. Getaway package details, a free visitors guide and complete information on Mansfield's many unforgettable visitor experiences are available at mansfieldtourism.com or (800) 642-8282.
The Ohio State Reformatory lies in Mansfield Ohio, 80 miles from Cleveland. Considered to be the most haunted prison in the country, it more closely resembles a Transylvania Castle. Closed in 1990, the Mansfield Reformatory was then opened to the public for tours.
While active, it was home to America’s worst criminals. As many as 2,500 prisoners were imprisoned at a one time. One section alone holds nearly 1,200 cells.
Closed due to lawsuits related to inhumane treatment of the prisoners (150 inmates are said to have died there), the reformatory is now the haunt to those who perished. In the 1950s, the Warden’s wife was accidentally killed by a gunshot and it is believed she still haunts the hall of the administrative building where she lived. In the basement, the spirit of a young boy has been seen, appearing as if he is leaning down in the corner.
People who have walked these halls and entered the cells, claim a strong feeling of "presence". It's no doubt that those who died are not happy, nor are they the friendliest ghosts you will meet.