I have written quite a few travel columns in the last few months Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, the Grand Canyon, California. ... But recently, I've discovered some awesome places to visit, all within an hour's drive of Norwalk.
Have you ever been to the old Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield? It's where the movie "Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. The building is spooky-looking on the outside and is no longer used as a prison. I knew it was used as a haunted house at Halloween time, but I didn't know it was open year-round. It took my sister-in-law from Connecticut to urge us to visit that place.
We went on a Saturday and it wasn't open, but I picked up a brochure and I'd like to return. It sounds bizarre a former prison has a gift shop and museum, but it does, and perhaps it's macabre to want to visit a place where people who committed crimes were locked up for years. Even more odd, according to the brochure, the "beautifully renovated historic central guard room" can be rented for wedding receptions and parties.