In an effort to celebrate The Shawshank Redemption’s widespread reach, Destination Mansfield has added a new stop to the wildly popular Shawshank Trail – this time far outside the borders of Ohio. Destination Mansfield today announced that a Shawshank Movie Site sign was erected on the beaches of Sandy Point, St. Croix. The sign marks the 15th stop on the Shawshank Trail, which includes 14 other sites in Mansfield, Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio where the most popular movie of all time was filmed.
Destination Mansfield’s partner, the Shawshank Woodshop, contacted U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ranger Michael Evans in St. Croix, who was thrilled with the idea of continuing the Shawshank Trail in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“The Shawshank Redemption film shoot was incredibly important to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge for many reasons,” said Evans. “Most important was the economic impact the film production brought – in both spending and salaries – to St. Croix.”
Evans went on to say that the mission of the refuge perfectly aligned with the needs of Shawshank’s production crew.
“We have always tried to communicate the value of preserving critical wildlife habitat,” Evans said. “Sandy Point NWR’s unspoiled setting was a good fit for the needs of the film project and brought economic benefit to the island economy.”
Citing the film’s incredible popularity, Destination Mansfield created The Shawshank Trail in 2008 to highlight the region’s 14 filming sites. Partnering with Ranger Evans allowed Destination Mansfield to further extend the film’s reach.
“Destination Mansfield wanted to extend the movie’s legacy and impact beyond our borders for our visitors,” said Destination Mansfield Media Director Jodie Snavely. “The Shawshank Redemption has such a devoted following; we are excited to help travelers experience yet another stop on the Shawshank Trail.”
A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, such as spending the night in a haunted former state prison where Hollywood blockbuster movies are shot. World-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete traveler information and a free visitors guide is available at DestinationMansfield.com or by calling (800) 642-8282.