The ‘Shawshank Redemption’ tree is no more

Oak tree features in a prominent scene in the 1994 film

The famed tree from classic film The Shawshank Redemption has fallen down, according to reports.

The oak tree was located in Lucas, Ohio and featured in a prominent scene at the end of the 1994 movie, which starred Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins. In the film, the character Red (Freeman) travels to the tree to find a note from Andy Dufresne (Robbins) instructing to meet him in Mexico, where they are later reunited.

In the movie, Robbins’ character describes the area as being “like something out of a Robert Frost poem.”


The New York Times reports that the tree was knocked over by heavy winds last Friday (July 22).

Reports suggest that the tree, which has become a prominent tourist attraction in the area, has been rotting since 2011.

“The tree symbolises hope” to its visitors, said Jodie Snavely, an official with the Mansfield/Richland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When they can actually come and see that, it’s very touching to them, and it means a lot to them.”

See photos of the fallen tree below.

NMEMansfield Richland County Convention Visitors Bureau
NMEMansfield Richland County Convention Visitors Bureau

Watch the tree scene from the film beneath.


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