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Stephan Lumber Company / “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop

 
 
Stephan Lumber Company Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2018
1. Stephan Lumber Company Face of Marker
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Stephan Lumber Company. This brick structure, built around 1905, is all that remains of the Stephan Lumber Company following a fire in 1978. Woodshop scenes in the 1994 motion picture “The Shawshank Redemption” were filmed in the building. Director Frank Darabont and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, other actors and local extras, and the production crew completed the film’s woodshop scenes in August 1993. The Wyandot County Courthouse is also featured in the film.

“The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop. This brick structure, built around 1905, is all that remains of the Stephan Lumber Company following a fire in 1978. Woodshop scenes in the 1994 motion picture “The Shawshank Redemption” were filmed in the building. Director Frank Darabont and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman, other actors and local extras, and the production crew completed the film’s woodshop scenes in August 1993. The Wyandot County Courthouse is also featured in the film.
 
Erected 2018 by The Friends of Shawshank Redemption and The Ohio
“The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Face of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2018
2. “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Face of Marker
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History Connection. (Marker Number 7-88.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1993.
 
Location. 40° 49.502′ N, 83° 17.077′ W. Marker is in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in Wyandot County. Marker is at the intersection of South 8th Street (Ohio Route 67) and West Hicks Street on South 8th Street. It is at the railroad crossing. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 S Eighth St, Upper Sandusky OH 43351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wyandot Museum (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wyandot County Courthouse & The Shawshank Redemption (approx. ¼ mile away); 1000 feet east - site of Fort Ferree (approx. ¼ mile away); William Naus VFW Post 2842 Upper Sandusky, Ohio (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Ferree - Overland Inn - Indian Spring (approx. 0.4 miles away); Neil A. Armstrong (approx. 0.4 miles away); The William Walker Jr. House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tschanen Elm (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Upper Sandusky.
 
Also see . . .
1. Shawshank film sites in Upper Sandusky to get historical markers. 2018 article by Lou Whitmire in the Mansfield News Journal. Excerpt:
Stephan Lumber Company Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 1, 2018
3. Stephan Lumber Company Building and Marker
“The Wyandot County Courthouse and Stephan Lumber Company will be center stage for the official unveiling of bronze historic site markers by The Ohio History Connection on May 23.” (Submitted on July 3, 2018.) 

2. Visiting ‘Shawshank’ Sites, 20 Years Later. 2014 article by Bill Schulz in The New York Times. “The next day I drove 46 miles to Upper Sandusky, to pay a visit to the Shawshank Woodshop, the closest thing the area has to a full-on museum devoted to the movie. This was where Red and the rest of his crew heard Andy play Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ over the prison sound system and, as Red narrates, ‘It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.’” (Submitted on July 3, 2018.) 
 
Stephan Lumber Company / “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Maurice, September 9, 2018
4. Stephan Lumber Company / “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Marker
East side of woodshop building
Stephan Lumber Company / “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Maurice, September 9, 2018
5. Stephan Lumber Company / “The Shawshank Redemption” Woodshop Marker
Front, north entrance.
Stephan Lumber Company Woodshop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, May 1, 2021
6. Stephan Lumber Company Woodshop
This is the south side of the building, facing the railroad tracks. The marker is just out of frame on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   4, 5. submitted on September 10, 2018, by Tim Maurice of Westerville, Ohio.   6. submitted on May 2, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Feb. 9, 2023