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Mansfield Reformatory


What to know about Mansfield Reformatory

This is a place with rich history dating back to as early as 1896 when it was first used for the purpose of rehabilitating minor offenders. The plan worked for a while until later on in the 1960s when state funding was withdrawn and the facility was fully turned into a prison. It got closed in 1990 as a result of a lawsuit that was filed by inmates due to poor conditions. Afterwards, a group of activists bought it for a dollar and started the work of restoration to make it into what it is today, a historical establishment with a lot to offer to the public. Here are some of the services offered.

  • Tours

When it comes to touring the place, there is a list of options that you can choose from. A common example is the “Hollywood Meets History Tour”. This is an explorative tour that will teach you a lot about the structure as a whole and popular media productions that took place here. It is suitable for the whole family. Others such as “Old Sparky” contain sensitive content, hence is restricted to visitors aged 13 and above.

  •  Ghost hunting

If you are looking for a bit of thrill by engaging in paranormal activities, you’ll find it here. These are conducted starting from late in the evening and can run up to 3am. It goes without saying that you must be at least 18 years old for this one. Things might get spooky!

  • Storytelling

Being a historical establishment, there are plenty of stories to be told about this place. You’ll get to hear about the daily lives of those who were unfortunate to find themselves inside these walls as prisoners, including some unnatural occurrences that took place. You will also get to learn more about some of the best Hollywood productions made here. All these are narrated by experts on various topics.

  • Rentals

You can use it as a venue to host an event. It has great facilities that are well-equipped and can be customized to fit a wide array of themes.



Mansfield Reformatory is more than just a historical structure. There are tons of interesting activities going on there that you can take part in. From informative tours and exhibitions to thrilling ghost hunting activities and stories, you are bound to enjoy your visit. There are also adequate facilities that can be used to host all sorts of events.

Mid-Ohio Cleaning & Restoration employees love spooky! If you do too, we encourage you to visit the Reformatory when you're visiting the Mansfield area.

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