Shawshank Tour (self-guided)

Shawshank Redemption is a favorite movie in our family, and B.D. and I had always wanted to take the self-guided Shawshank Tour.  What better time when ice covered our cars and the temperature was low?

We looked forward to getting “Shawshankwiches” but the cafe that originated them is closed on Saturday.  We also discovered that the bakery that features bundt cakes in the shape of the Ohio State Penitentiary closes at 2:00 (as we drove up at 2:30).  However, we hit paydirt at the Squirrel’s Den.  Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! There were even a few scenes from the movie recreated in the confectionery.

We stopped to ride the indoor carousel (which has absolutely nothing to do with the movie).  B.D. picked the pirate cat.

Since Main Street is one-way we decided to hike down to view the hotel in Shawshank rather than drive.  Mansfield had more snow than our part of the world, and the sidewalks hadn’t been touched, but what’s a little adventure without tramping through snow.

On to the Reformatory which was surprisingly close to downtown.  Unfortunately there are no winter tours – and we will definitely hit the prison during travel season so we can go inside – but we still enjoyed wandering around outside the gates.  My only regret was that I couldn’t bring home a rock as a souvenir.

We drove thirteen miles further to Malabar Farm State Park, stopping at the gift shop to ask directions to see The Tree.  We had driven right past it!  We parked at the farm, and I trudged through a snowy field to take pictures.

The Tree is in the middle of a field and “you can’t miss it” turned out to be true.  Unfortunately, The Tree suffered storm damage within the past few years.

I don’t know what this building is, but it’s just down the road from The Tree, and it’s cute.

If you are not familiar with Shawshank Redemption, you might enjoy watching the movie.  Although it is set in a prison, the theme is hope.

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.”  Stephen King, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.

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