Shawshank Tree Falls

  • 7/22/2016 6:20:19 PM
  • Greg Heindel
  • Local News

LUCAS, Oh.--The iconic oak tree on Pleasant Valley Road across from Malabar Farm State Park that was a part of the movie Shawshank Redemption is no more.

The remaining half of the tree broke at its lower trunk and fell sometime Friday, almost five years to the day after half of the tree fell due to high winds.

The death of the so-called Shawshank Tree was discovered early that afternoon by a man, who immediately called the Richland County Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

CVB spokeswoman Jodie Snavely says she was told the remaining half of the tree was also brought down by high winds, and that it was top-heavy and weak in the middle of the trunk. 

The tree is part of the C-V-B's Shawshank Trail of filming locations and has long been a favorite stop for fans.

Snavely expects it to remain a tourist attraction.

The property on which the tree lies is owned by Mansfield attorney Jodie Dees.

As of Friday afternoon, Jodie was aware of the tree falling but had not had a chance to go see it.

She gave no immediate indication of what she plans to do with the fallen tree.

The other half of it is on display outside the Ohio State Reformatory.

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