The Shawshank Trail: A Photographic Journey

If I had to explain why I first began to travel seeking ghosts and ghost stories,  the answer would be wrapped up in my passion for beautiful places with tragic histories and interesting stories.  It would speak of my love for strange, old buildings and history that people only whisper about in shadowy corners.   It would speak of my love of horror stories and old movies that draw me into worlds I have never lived in.  The Shawshank Trail offered me all of these things this week.   Slowly,  I'm going to go over the history of each building I visited this week and their haunting histories.   Most of the places I visited had amazing ghost stories and I will do a post on all of them.  But for today, here is a brief overview of everything I saw in pictures.   The picture above is a photograph of the shattered remains of the tree Red found his money at.   

The Haunted Bissman Building.  In The Shawshank Redemption, this was where Brooks ended his life.  In real life, the building is filled with lonely ghosts.  It should be featured on My Ghost Story tonight.

The Wyandot County Courthouse where all the court scenes from The Shawshank Redemption were shot.  This building was so beautiful it took my breath away.

The town got together and reinacted the scene from The Shawshank Redemption in which Red was mesmerized by a Mozart aria for us.  It was beautiful.

 The haunted and beautiful Ohio Reformatory was amazing.   This was the primary location for The Shawshank Redemption.

I caught an interesting orb in this photograph of the room in which the parole board sat.

We went to several eateries which had Shawshank related food items for us to try.  

 The Renaissance Theater is where The Shawshank Redemption premiered.  It also houses its own dark and ghostly histories.

The Pugh Cabin where Andy dreamt of killing his wife.

To learn more about The Shawshank Trail,  you can go to their wonderful website at


The Ohio Reformatory is a gorgeous building. I look forward to hearing more about your trip.
Jeffery said…
Beautiful buildings and architecture Jess, I hope those places survive to live again for more than just what they have a reputation for...Looking forward to the tales.
Jessica Penot said…
Thanks... I should have the tale up next week! I have a great award to pass on thanks to a wonderful blogger next week too.
wicKED said…
You are lucky in your travels! Can't wait for the story.
Courtney Mroch said…
Wow. What neat photos. You really lucked out getting that press trip. Wish my Galveston one had panned out so I could have done something like this too. Maybe one day... For now, I'll just enjoy hearing about your adventures and drinking in the photography.
Fabulous photos! I can't wait to read about each of the individual places you visited!

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