MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) - A storm has destroyed half of an Ohio oak
tree that played a key role near the end of "The Shawshank
The 1994 movie was filmed in an around an old prison in
Mansfield in north-central Ohio, and the tree is where Morgan
Freeman's character finds money and a note left by Tim Robbins'
Malabar Farm State Park manager Louis Andres (AN'-drehs) tells
the News Journal of Mansfield (http://bit.ly/nMG68r ) the tree was
hit Friday by straight-line winds that split it down its rotted
middle and took out one side. The tree is on private farmland
adjacent to the park.
Local convention and visitors bureau president Lee Tasseff calls
the damage "tragic." He says the oak is a sentimental stop for
"Shawshank" fans drawn to the film's locations.