The famous oak tree from the 1994 classic “The Shawshank Redemption” has fallen, according to the Mansfield News Journal. The Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau confirmed on Friday that the staff at the convention had received calls that the iconic tree, located on private property on Pleasant Valley Road near Malabar Farm, fell and were not sure was caused it.
The tree was used as a filming location for the Frank Darabont adaptation of the Stephen King short story. The movie centered around two imprisoned men, Red (Morgan Freeman) and Andy (Tim Robbins), who bonded over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. In a scene with the tree, Red is seen walking along a hay field and removing stones from a rock wall where Andy kept a gift for him.
The location has been a special landmark for the Mansfield community and many are sad to see it go. The tree had been previously split in two by a strong storm that hit in 2011. This time it appears as if a southwest wind was what caused it fall.
Watch the famous scene below where Red reads Andy’s letter that says, “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”