Her 3 Little Thinkers

Ohio State Reformatory Tour





Side Prison

Parking Lot

About (taken from website): The Reformatory doors were opened to its first 150 young offenders in September 1896. After housing over 155,000 men in its lifetime, the doors to the prison closed December 31, 1990. Today the Ohio State Reformatory Historic Site receives visitors from all over the world. Every year tourists, movie buffs, thrill seekers and paranormal investigators walk through the halls of this majestic structure.


I have always had an infatuation with old historical buildings that had a dark background.. meaning they are haunted. I am a HUGE Ghost Adventures fan and back in season 3 they visited The Ohio State Reformatory. And not even realizing that I was only 40 minutes away we decided to take a tour a few weeks ago! My husband and I were like little kids driving we were so excited.

Not only is the prison famous for it being a prison and being infamously haunted, but there has been 6 movies and several music videos filmed here. The most famous being Shawshank Redemption filmed in 1994. When we visited a few weeks ago (July 25th) the prison had set up the Shawshank Hustle. It was a 4 mile walk/run that ended with a self guided tour around the prison where a majority of the movie was filmed. The tour showed you around to the highlights of the filming of the movie such as; the Warden’s office, desk and safe, Parole Board room, Brooks’ hotel room and even the replica carving on the ceiling that reads, “Brooks was here. So was Red” and of course all of the cell blocks.



Shawshank Sign

Brooks Room

I was very anxious to see the solitary confinement. I got a very uneasy anxious feeling when we were down there. I was hoping that a little more happened when we were there, but nevertheless, we had a blast and can’t wait to go back again! Here are a few odd things we captured on our cameras:


Cross Lights

 Chair Room

Fuzzy Photo

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Author: Nikki

My name is Nikki. I am a stay at home mom of 4. My oldest is getting ready to head off to college, the other almost in high school. We have 2 little ones also 3 years old and a newborn. I have a passion for writing and I love doing reviews to help other moms like me find the right stuff for my family.


  1. I’m a Ghost Adventures fan too. It’s awesome you visited, did you feel any thing? I know there are ghosts… I want to go to the Villesca house here in Iowa.

  2. The building is gorgeous. I love buildings like this and tours are so fun! I must go here someday.

  3. I loved Shawshank Redemption. Only prison I’ve seen was Alcatraz. This place looks really cool!

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