city in U.S. state of Ohio and county seat of Richland County

Downtown Mansfield on Park Avenue East at Central Park on the square.
Kingwood Center

Mansfield is a city in Richland County, Ohio, USA. It is home to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program Pageant.

UnderstandEdit

Named after Jared Mansfield, Surveyor General of the United States in the early 19th century, the city sits on a fork of the Mohican River in the western foothills of the Allegheny Plateau, a hilly region surrounded by fertile farmlands, and its elevation is among the highest of Ohio cities. The highest elevation in Mansfield is at the Woodland Reservoir (1,493 feet or 455 meters above sea level), which is on the southwest side of the city. The elevation of Central Park, which is on the square in downtown Mansfield, is 1,243 feet or 379 meters above sea level. Mansfield is known as The Heart of Ohio but is also known as the Carousel Capital of Ohio, Danger City, The Fun Center of Ohio and Racing Capital of Ohio and also the filming location of Shawshank Redemption and Escape Plan 3: The Extractors.

Tourist information centerEdit

Get inEdit

Map of Mansfield (Ohio)

By planeEdit

The nearest airports for commercial flights are:

By carEdit

  • Interstate 71 (I-71). Mansfield can be accessed by I-71 which provides connection to Cleveland to the northeast and Columbus and Cincinnati to the southwest, ultimately running its course into Kentucky southwest to Louisville. From I-71 Mansfield is accessed via SR-13 at Exit #169 and SR-39 Lucas Rd at Exit #173.
  • U.S. Route 30 carries the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway along it length through Mansfield. The freeway provides connection to Wooster, Canton and Pittsburgh to the east and Ontario, Bucyrus and Fort Wayne to the west.
  • U.S. Route 42 goes through Mansfield and the downtown district. It provides connection to Ashland to the northeast and Lexington and Mount Gilead to the southwest.
  • Ohio State Route 13 goes through Mansfield and the downtown Historic Carrousel District. It provides connection to Bellville to the south and Norwalk and Sandusky to the north. At Exit #169 of I-71.
  • Ohio State Route 39 goes through Mansfield and by the downtown Historic Carousel District. It provides connection to Shelby to the northwest and Lucas and Amish Country to the southeast. At Exit #173 of I-71
  • Ohio State Route 309 starts out at U.S. Route 30 near the Home Road overpass in Mansfield. It provides connection to Ontario and Galion to the west.
  • Ohio State Route 430 goes through Mansfield and the downtown business district. It provides connection to Ontario to the west and Mifflin to the east.
  • Ohio State Route 545 starts out at Ohio State Route 39 in Mansfield. It provides connection to Olivesburg and Savannah to the northeast.

By busEdit

The 1 Marathon Gas & 7-Eleven on 2424 O'Possum Rd, on SR-13 & I-71 (Exit #169 of I-71) in the south of town serves as a de-facto bus station for:

  • Barons Bus.
  • 4 Greyhound, (bus stop) 7-Eleven at 2424 O'Possum Rd (bus stop east side of store along O'Possum Rd), toll-free: +1-800-231-2222. Travels primarily on Interstate 71 (Cleveland, West Salem, Mansfield and Columbus)
  • 5 Go Bus (Operated by Barons Bus), (bus stop) 7-Eleven at 2424 O'Possum Rd (Same stop as Greyhound.), toll-free: +1 888 95 GOBUS (46287). Travels on US Hwy 42 and I-71 between Wooster, Mansfield, Mt Gilead and Columbus.

RCT #3 (South Main/Southside) bus connects the nearby Wal-Mart and the 7 Eleven store (Greyhound & Go bus stop) to downtown Mansfield.

Get aroundEdit

By busEdit

  • 1 Richland County Transit (RCT), (bus transit center) 74 S Diamond (S Diamond & E 1st Ave), +1 419 522-4504, fax: +1 419-522-3157. RCT operates local bus service five days a week; no service on Saturdays, Sundays or national holidays. RCT offers local bus services within Mansfield and to Ontario, Shelby, and portions of Madison Township, in Richland County on 12 fixed routes.    

By taxiEdit

  • 2 C & D Taxi, (dispatch office) 272 Newman St (Newman & Orange ST), +1 419 756-3333.

SeeEdit

 
North Lake Park
  • The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program, +1 419 522-MOSP (6677). Annual Event in June.    
  • 2 Biblewalk (The Living Bible Museum), 500 Tingley Ave, +1 419 524-0139, toll-free: +1-800-222-0139, fax: +1 419-524-2002, . M-Sa 9AM-6PM, Su 3PM-7PM. Ohio's only life-sized wax museum, with over 70 scenes and more than 300 wax figures featuring original music and narration to bring Biblical scenes to life. Also features a live Christian dinner theater and other attractions.    
  • 3 Bissman Building, 193 N Main St (along N Main between E 5th & 6th, middle of block on west side of street. There's a white & orange 'Shawshank Trail' sign in front of the building). Closed but can be seen from the street. Peter Bissman built the Bissman Building in 1886 for his expanded wholesale grocery store. In the early 1930s, residents of Downtown Mansfield would wake up to the rich aromas of the store’s personal coffee blends and return home to the smell of roasting peanuts. The building possesses an early Romantic Gothic style that closely resembles the Ohio State Reformatory. Both were designed by same architect, built the same year and both are believed to be haunted by spirits. In Shawshank Redemption the exterior served as the Brewer Hotel halfway house where Brooks and Red went to after their release from prison. The room where Brooks & Red stayed in was filmed in the officers quarters at the Ohio State Reformatory while the Food Way where they worked as a grocery bagger was filmed at the KV Market which is listed among local grocery stores under "Eat" in the below. The front office of the Bissman Building served as the offices of the Portland Daily Bugle in the film where the editor received the warden's accounting ledgers accompanied by a letter explaining the warden's illegal activities. The Bissman Building is now vacant and is believed to be haunted.
  • 4 Central Park, 29 Park Ave E (SE corner of S Main & Park Ave E). Seen in The Shawshank Redemption, this 2-acre park features a playground, gardens and a gazebo which still functions as a city park for all. In Shawshank Redemption, Brooks sat here to feed the pigeons in hopes that "Jake", a crow he reared while in prison, would come by to say "hello." The bench where Brooks sat on is marked with an orange/white "Shawshank Trail" sign.
  • 5 Kingwood Center, 900 Park Ave. W, +1 419 522-0211, . 47 acres of gardens on former estate, a favorite spot for orchardists, gardeners and photography.    
  • 6 Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Project, 100 Reformatory Rd., (just off SR 545), +1 419 522-2644, . Th-Su 11AM-4PM. The cornerstone for this building was laid in 1886. The Reformatory has been closed as prison since 1990 and the building is being preserved. Scenes from several movies such as Shawshank Redemption (1994); Air Force One (1997); Tango & Cash (1989); Escape Plan 3: The Extractors (2019), among other movies, television programs and music videos have been filmed there, other activities and tours take place throughout the year. The prison also exhibits things used in the prison such as an electric chair and props from the movies that were filmed there such as the pipe that Andy crawled through to escape prison in Shawshank Redemption and the portraits of Lenin & Stalin from Air Force One.    
 
The Reformatory
  • 7 Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas OH (main entrance at Bromfield & Pleasant Hill Rd. 11 miles southeast of town via S Diamond St (County Rd #301) and Pleasant Hill Rd (County Rd #303) near the town of Lucas), +1 419 892-2784. In 1976, Malabar became an Ohio State Park. Dedicated to perpetuating Bromfield's farming philosophies, preserving the Big House artifacts, providing a place where visitors can explore life on the farm and beauty of nature. The following are some historic places of interest within the park, a couple of which were filming locations for Shawshank Redemption in 1993 (the marker is at Bromfield & Pleasant Hill Rd, the main entrance into the park from the north):    
  • 8 "Big" House. A 32-room Western Reserve style house built in 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield who lived there till his death in 1956. He wrote many of his books, attracted film stars, artists, politicians, writers, and conservationists. Bromfield also hosted Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding and honeymoon at Malabar Farm in 1945.    
  • 9 Ceely Rose House. The Miller's house, mentioned in the Pleasant Valley collection of ghost stories, was the 19th Century home of a young, mentally challenged girl named Ceely Rose. In 1896, Ceely Rose murdered her three-person family by poisoning their food with arsenic. Annually in October, the Ceely Rose Play is performed in the park's timber frame barn, as part of a ghost story trilogy. The other two plays are Phoebe Wise and Louie. In 2014, an episode of Ghost Hunters was filmed at the Ceely Rose House
  • 10 Pughs Cabin This authentic, rustic log-cabin style home was built in the 1940s by Bromfield's neighbor, Jim Pugh, within the modern-day park. The cabin is available for rent, for weddings, reunions, company holiday parties and other private gatherings. It was used in the opening scene in Shawshank Redemption, in which Andy Dufresne's (Tim Robbins) wife and her lover had their last rendezvous (before being murdered) while Andy sat in his car with a gun on his lap and getting drunk.
  • 11 Sugar Camp Used every spring during the Maple Syrup Festival when the maple sap is boiled into pure maple syrup and sold at the giftshop.
  • 12 Visitors Center Location of the park administration, museum, educational exhibits, guided tours, library, gift shop, restrooms and a conference room for rent.
  • 13 "Shawshank Tree" The white oak tree became a major tourist attraction following the filming of Shawshank Redemption. In the film the tree is in a hayfield near Buxton where Red (Morgan Freeman) went to find the box containing a letter and some money Andy had left for him after Red's release. A lightning strike cut the tree in half in 2011, and it toppled over in 2016 in a windstorm. The tree stood on private land across the road from Malabar Farm State Park so whatever is left of it can only be seen from the main public road. It's located across the street from the main entrance into the park along Pleasant Hill Rd.

The following are a couple of sites along country roads 2 mile south of Malabar Farm State Park near the town of Butler that were additional filming locations of Shawshank Redemption that may be of an interest to movie buffs. The locations are marked with an orange/white "Shawshank Trail" sign.:

  • 14 Intersection of Hagerman Rd & Snyder Rd Towards the end of the film Red was dropped off here by a pick-up truck where he walked towards Buxton to find the box Andy hid for him.
  • 15 Intersection of Hagerman Rd & SR-95 Second to the last scene where a bus is seen leaving town with Red on board going towards Ft Hancock, TX. The bus went north on SR-95 from Hagerman Rd for the filming. The last scene and end credits where Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy (Tim Robbins) met again as free men on a beach in Zihuatanejo was filmed at Sandy Beach National Wildlife Refuge in St Croix, USVI.
  • 16 Warren Rupp Observatory, 5127 O'Possum Run Road (in Hidden Hollow, southeast of town). Warren Rupp Observatory is one of the world's largest amateur-operated telescopes. It is nestled in a pastoral setting that boasts some of the darkest skies in the state. The Rupp Scope and the Richland Astronomical Society dedicate themselves to public awareness of astronomy. Public Nights are held on the first Saturday of each month, from March through November and special programs are offered on alternative weekends. If weather permits, you can look through the big telescope and smaller ones that people bring. Free.    

DoEdit

 
Mansfield Playhouse
  • 1 Equestrian Valley Farm (Equestrian Valley Farm), 2495 Crimson Road (County Rd #296) (half mile east of Crimson & Peterson Rd intersection, past the creek.), +1 419 589-5161. Take a trail ride on horseback on an historic Mohican style farm, established in 1815. The house, built in 1825, overlooks the pond and adjacent pastures. This 200-acre farm has trails on scenic rolling hills through open pastures and beautiful forests.
  • 2 Mansfield Art Center, 700 Marion Ave, +1 419 756-1700, fax: +1 419-756-0860.    
  • 3 [dead link] Mansfield Motorsports Park, 100 Crall Road East (off of SR 545 or SR 13.), +1 419 524-0183. Newer NASCAR track, building a new 1/4 mile drag strip. Very nice facility, very clean.    
 
Richland Carrousel Park
 
Oak Hill Cottage
  • 5 The Renaissance, 138 Park Ave. West, +1 419 522-2726, fax: +1 419-524-7005. The 1,600-seat theatre opened in 1928 as the Ohio Theatre and serves today as the largest performing arts center in North-Central Ohio.    
  • 6 Mansfield Playhouse, 95 East 3rd St, +1 419 522-2883. Vary, the playhouse is active from early August to late May. The second oldest, and largest continually producing community theater in Ohio, the Mansfield Playhouse has been in its current location for over 40 years. With an aggressive season consisting of 6 Main Stage shows, 2 Youth Theater shows, and 2 Second Stage shows. $10-$15.
  • 7 The Blueberry Patch, 1285 W. Hanley Rd. (just off US Route 42, 5.5 mi (8.9 km) south of town), +1 419 884-1797, fax: +1 419-884-1798, . The u-pick blueberry season is open from early July to early September and the u-pick raspberry season is open from mid August to frost. The Blueberry Patch has a gift shop, blossoms cafe, greenhouse and a nursery.

Annual eventsEdit

  • 8 Richland County Fair, 750 N. Home Rd, +1 419 747-3717, fax: +1 419 747-7141. The fair is usually held during the first full week of August or sometimes in some years the fair is held during the second full week of August.
  • Mansfield Lahm Airport Day, 2000 Harrington Memorial Rd, +1-419-295-2478. Annually in July. Air and auto show held at the airport

LearnEdit

 
OSU Mansfield

BuyEdit

  • 2 Alpaca Meadows, 1200 Rock Rd, +1 419 529-8152. Alpaca Meadows Farm & Fiber Studio is a local alpaca farm that offers alpaca products including yarn, fiber, and fiber art equipment. They also host various events, including tours and art classes.
  • Historic Carrousel District. Features eateries and coffee shops, small antique, craft and gift shops and more. It is what turned the downtown around.
  • 3 Carrousel Antiques, 118 N Main St (N Main St & E Temple Ct), +1 419 522-0230. M-Sa 10AM-5PM; Su noon-5PM. Open today as a boutique shop where you can find a variety of antiques, decor, furniture, and other upscale resale items. It was a filming location of Shawshank Redemption where Red came upon a pawn shop window offering guns and compasses. Red was tempted to buy a gun but instead he bought a compass which would later help him find the red box Andy hid for him in a 'hay field near Buxton'.
  • 4 Jones Potato Chip Company, 823 Bowman St (Bowman & Louis St, north of Bowman and US Hwy 30), +1 419 529-9424, toll-free: +1-800-466-9424, fax: +1 419 529-6789, . Family made since 1945 by the Jones family. The Jones Potato Chip Company and retail store are located at the same address. The chips can be bought at any local grocery store or supermarket, where potato chips are sold.
  • KritterMall. Buy pet supplies and find a comprehensive list where kids can touch, feed and interact with animals in Ohio. Locations include petting zoos, wildlife safaris, horseback riding, aviaries, working farms, butterfly conservatories and more. Purchases are covered by warranty and have complete customer support.
  • 5 Mansfield Antique Show and Flea Market at Richland County Fairgrounds, Richland County Fairgrounds at 750 N. Home Rd (north of N Home Rd & US Hwy 30 junction), +1 419 747-3717, fax: +1 419 747-7141. The Mansfield Antique Show and Flea Market is a monthly event that is held from February to November, the last weekend (last Saturday and Sunday) of each month at the Richland County Fairgrounds. For more information contact Kevin Spore at +1 419 756-3904 or Tim Babcock at +1 419 884-3253. Admission is $1 for adults, free for kids age 11 and under.
  • 6 Richland Mall, 2209 Richland Mall, Ontario, Ohio, +1 419 529-4003, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 12PM-6PM.    

EatEdit

BakeriesEdit

  • 1 Buckeye Bakery Inc., 21 E. 4th St (in downtown Mansfield in the Historic Carrousel District), +1 419 522-2341, . M-F 5AM-5PM, Sa 5AM-4PM.
  • 2 Buckeye Bakery Inc., 866 Ashland Rd (Ashland (US Hwy 42) & Indiana, in NE part of town between downtown and Jct US Hwy 30), +1 419 589-5174, . M-F 7AM-5PM, Sa 7AM-4PM.
  • 3 Schneider's Olde World Bakery, 146 Orange St (along Orange St between railroad tracks and Beymiller St, northeast of downtown core), +1 419 522-2212.
  • 4 Blackbird Bakery, 105 N. Main St (inside Relax Coffee), +1 567 231-9709. Very nice and friendly bakery . You can eat in or have baked goods delivered. Cookies, pretzels, scones, cake, etc.

Grocery storesEdit

  • 5 Geyer's Fresh Foods, 660 S. Diamond St (S Diamond and Evelyn in the SE part of town), +1 419 522-6331. M-Sa 6AM-10PM and Su 7AM-10PM.
  • Kroger. Three stores in Mansfield. Ask for discount card.
  • 6 KV Market, 359 W 4th St (W 4th & Sycamore St, west of downtown Mansfield), +1 419 709-9235. M-Sa 8AM-10PM; Su 8AM-9PM. When Shawshank Redemption was filmed in 1993, this location was the E&B Market. It has since undergone extensive renovation and is once again home to a full-service supermarket offering fresh produce, meat, deli and hot foods located near downtown and more convenient for travelers staying closer in town. Once paroled from the Shawshank Prison, both Brooks and Red struggle to adjust to life on the outside while bagging groceries at the Food-Way which was filmed here.
  • 7 Meijer, One store in Ontario at 1355 N. Lexington-Springmill Rd (NW of the Lexington-Springmill Rd & US Hwy 30 junction at Lexington Springmill Rd & Walker Lake Rd), +1 419 747-8364. Open 24 hours, seven days a week. Ask for discount card. There's also a Starbucks, CiCi's Pizza, Game Stop and a IHop Restaurant in separate buildigs along the south end of the premises on Walker Lake Rd in separate buildings.
  • 7 Walmart Supercenter, 2485 Possum Run Rd. (SE of the Junction of SR-13 and I-71, south of town.), +1 419-756-2850. open 24 hours a day, seven days a week..
  • 8 Walmart Supercenter, 359 N. Lexington-Springmill Rd., Ontario, +1 419-529-2950. open 24 hours a day, seven days a week..

RestaurantsEdit

 
Coney Island Diner
 
Dairy Land
  • Asian Buffet, 1296 Lexington Ave (at the intersection of Lexington Ave. (US Route 42) and Logan Rd), +1 419 774-1689, fax: +1 419 756-5811.
  • Athens Greek Restaurant, 41 N. Main St, +1 419 524-5620. M-Sa 11AM-8PM.
  • City Grille and Bar, 37 E. 4th St (Located downtown in the Historic Carrousel District), +1 419 709-9199. Tu-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 4PM-1AM, closed Su and M.
  • Coney Island Diner, 98 N. Main St (Located downtown in the Historic Carrousel District), +1 419 526-2669. M-F 6:30AM-7PM, Sa 6:30AM-4PM, closed Su. Coney Island Diner is Mansfield's oldest restaurant and is famous for its coneys and pea salad. The downtown eatery has been around since 1936 and has become famous among filmmakers and politicians.
  • Coney Island Inn, 20 South Park St (on the Square), +1 419 525-1406. M-Sa 5:30AM-8:30PM.
  • Dairy Land, 800 Springmill St, +1 419 525-2168. Spring and summer hours are Tu-Su 11AM-10PM from early April to the first of September. Fall hours are Tu-Su 11AM-9PM from the first of September to the second week of October. Closed for the winter season from mid October to late March or early April. Dairy Land is always closed on Mondays and 4th of July. The drive-in restaurant has been serving Mansfield since 1947 and its menu serves ice cream, sundaes, shakes, sodas (Pepsi products), fries, burgers, hotdogs, coneys, chicken and more. When you arrive at Dairy Land, you just park and one of the servers will help you in taking your order. Before you go, you may want to ask for a menu (a yellow paper menu full of good food and ice creams with prices listed) to take with you so you know what to order on your next visit. They are locally famous for their excellent shredded chicken sandwiches.
  • El Campesino Restaurante Mexicano Cantina, 80 W. Hanley Rd, +1 419 522-7226. M-Th 11AM-10PM, Fri 11AM-10:30PM, Sa Noon-10:30PM, Su 11AM-9PM. This Mexican restaurant with the best combination platters around is known for their fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos and burritos. El Campesino also has a full bar that serves Margaritas,flavored margaritas and daiquiris, domestic and Mexican beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
  • Empress Express Chinese Cuisine, 1041 Park Ave. West, +1 419 524-4200.
  • Fork & Fingers Fine Mexican Food, 54 Park Ave. West (intersection of Park Ave. West and N. Mulberry St), +1 419 526-2321.
  • Mansfield Restaurant, Southside, 948 S. Main St (on the southwest corner of S. Main St. and W. Cook Rd.), +1 419 756-0479. M-Sa 5:30AM-8:30PM and Su 6:30AM-2:30PM.
  • Mansfield Restaurant, Westside, 1090 Park Ave West, +1 419 529-8238. M-Sa 5:30AM-8:30PM and Su 6:30AM-2:30PM.
  • Rancho Fiesta, 1360 S. Trimble Rd (near the intersection of S. Trimble Rd. and Lexington Ave. (US Route 42) at the Appleseed Center), +1 419 774-1774. Mexican restaurant that serves authentic Mexican cuisine and cantina.
  • The Leaning Tower of Pizza, 180 Lexington Ave, +1 419-525-3462.
  • Two Cousins Pizza Co., 103 N Main St (by the Mansfield Carousel), +1 419 522 2211. Friendly local pizza place.

DrinkEdit

There are plenty of choices for alcohol. Most grocery stores carry it, as well as the gas stations, drive-throughs and convenience stores.

SleepEdit

 
42 Motel on US Route 42 just south of Mansfield.

Stay safeEdit

The non-emergency number of the police department is 419-755-9724.

ConnectEdit

CopeEdit

HospitalsEdit

 
OhioHealth, Mansfield Hospital

GymEdit

LaundromatEdit

LibraryEdit

NewspapersEdit

 
A news stand in Mansfield

Go nextEdit

  • Ashland is 10 mi (16 km) northeast on U.S. Route 42 or Interstate 71. A couple of more Shawshank Redemption scenes were filmed there.
  • Canton is about 1 hour and 15 minutes east on U.S. Route 30.
  • Cleveland is about 1 hour and 25 minutes northeast on I-71.
  • Columbus is about an hour southwest on I-71.
  • Cincinnati is about 2 hours and 50 minutes southwest on I-71.
  • Lexington is a rual village about 7 miles southwest of downtown Mansfield on U.S. Route 42.
  • Ontario is a suburban city west of Mansfield. It is a major regional retail hub with a shopping mall serving the entire North-Central Ohio area.
  • Upper Sandusky is the location for a couple more Shawshank filming locations, one of which is a dedicated museum to the film in a small town. It's a small town (and county seat of Wyandot County) located 46 mi (74 km) west on US Hwy 30.
  • Amish Country centered in Holmes County to the southeast of Richland County on Ohio State Route 39.
  • Mohican Resort & Conference Center located in southern Ashland County is surrounded by 6,000 acres of Mohican State Forest and borders Pleasant Hill Lake. Hiking, swimming and boating are nearby. 96 recently renovated guest rooms offering a private balcony. The dining room is also open Sundays with a great buffet for $12.95. A Ohio Department of Natural Resources facility.
Routes through Mansfield
ClevelandAshland  N   S  BellvilleColumbus
LimaOntario  W   E  WoosterCanton
Jct  Shelby  W   E  LoudonvilleDover
LimaOntario  W   E  END
Ashland  N   S  LexingtonDelaware



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