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A Haunted Jaunt in Ohio

By Linda Tancs

It’s no wonder that the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio has seen its share of Hollywood film sets considering its imposing architecture comprising Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne styles.  The reformatory’s doors first opened in 1896 and closed in 1990.  The inmates may be gone in the physical sense, but many would say it’s still a spirited place.  The prison recently announced its ghost hunt schedule for 2012, a series of serious but informal attempts to document paranormal activity at the castle-like structure.  Check-in begins at 7 p.m.  You won’t be locked down for the night, but if you drive out of the gated area you won’t be getting back in.  Skittish ghostbusters might want to join in on the evening ghost walk instead.   You will be taken on a two-hour, guided tour to the hot spots where reports have been made about paranormal activity.  Whatever you believe, you’ll see one of the country’s most historic structures.

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