Mansfield Reformatory is a historic prison that’s actually open for tours. The reformatory opened it’s doors originally in September of 1896. It eventually closed on December 31, 1990 as the result of prisoners’ class action suit citing overcrowding and inhumane conditions. In it’s time it housed over 155,000 men! It has the largest free standing steel cell block in the world, six tiers high.
Although the history of this place is super interesting, I’d say most people that visit are probably just there because it’s where parts of The Shawshank Redemption were filmed, I mean that’s super exciting to me!
Mansfield Reformatory is definitely worth a stop if you’re ever in the area! They have ghost walks regularly scheduled, if that’s your kind of thing. (The place is totally creepy enough on it’s own! I wouldn’t go looking for trouble there!) And around Halloween they have a “Haunted Prison Experience”. Neither of those things are my cup of tea, but certainly worth mentioning.