'Shawshank Redemption' oak heavily damaged
"There was a couple that came in from Fort Wayne, Ind., today (Friday) to take the CVB's Shawshank Trail," Lee Tasseff, president of the Mansfield-Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau told the Mansfield News Journal. "It's a very sentimental part of the trail. Those people, besides seeing the Ohio State Reformatory prison, wanted to make sure they didn't miss the tree.
"We've had people want to know if they can propose under that tree, or have a picnic under that tree, and we tell them no, it's private property," he added.
According to sources, Mansfield officials are meeting with the owners of the tree to determine what might be done to save it. "We highly encourage folks who want to see the tree in its natural location to visit now, while part of it remains standing," a rep said.
To see a picture of the damaged tree, jump here.
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