No redemption for the Shawshank tree

I just caught the tail end of the Shawshank Redemption the other night. What a great movie. It was at the part where Red (Morgan Freeman) was walking by the stone wall and the big oak tree to find the tin box Andy (Tim Robbins) left for him. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and download it. (I’d say rent it, but we’re in 2011).

Sadly, the tree was recently hammered by a thunderstorm. Here is the latest according to

The oak tree that was made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption was severely damaged by wind on Friday afternoon.

A thunderstorm moving through the area on Friday at around 2:30 p.m. EDT produced straight-line winds that damaged the tree according to The tree had a rotten center that weakened it.

The storm caused a power outage and damage to other trees. The power was restored by 6 p.m. EDT.

The oak tree is near the location where Andy, portrayed by Tim Robbins, hid his treasure.

Shot from the movie as Red looks for tin box

Since the movie, based on a short story by Stephen King, many people visit the tree and take photos, according to

A tour of the area has been set up by the Mansfield-Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tour highlights scenes from the film including the Ohio State Reformatory prison and the oak tree.

The tree is located on private property. It is unclear if the entire tree will need to be removed due to the damage.

Man, I hope the tree makes it.

Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.

– Red

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