Tree In Movie, Shawshank Redemption, Topples After Wind Storm

July 26, 2016

In 1994, The Shawshank Redemption was considered a failure at the box office, nominated for 7 Oscars, it didn't win a single award that year.  However the story of Andy Dufresne a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for a murder he didn't commit, befriending Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding and becoming the head of money-laundering operation has become a piece of Americana; even being preserved in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress. One of the iconic scenes involved Morgan Freeman's character, "Red", visiting a field where an tree, like looks "like something out of a Robert Frost poem" is located to get money to reunite with his friend, Andy Dufresne, played by Tim Robbins.  Sadly, the mighty oak tree in Lucas, Ohio succumbed to strong winds and has toppled.  Actually, it was half the tree and although on private property, it could easily be seen from the edge of Malabar Farm State Park, fell down in July 2011 when the tree was split by lightning. The rest of it split like a toothpick after a summer wind storm last week. Authorities believe the tree, which attracted thousands of visitors every year, was around 200 years old. But all hope is not lost: the half of the tree that came down in 2011 is on display at the former Ohio State Reformatory, which played Shawshank in the movie and is now a museum. 

Read the entire story from the Mansfield News Journal

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