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John Rankin House, Ripley

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4.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The John Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark in Ripley, Ohio. Built about 1816, it was home to Presbyterian abolitionist John Rankin, and was one of the original stops on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Beecher Stowe's visit to Rankin provided some of the story that became Uncle Tom's Cabin.The house was acquired by the State of Ohio in 1938 and is now operated by the Ohio History Connection and opened for tours.
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  • Wow! This is a must see for people interested in the Underground Railroad!! This is the home of a family who put it all on the line for people who were slaves seeking a better life out of slavery! The...  read more »
  • Ok. So I am going to be honest here. I am a teenager and At first when my family told me we were about to go to the John Renkin house I was confused. I am going to a dead guys house? I don't think so....  read more »
  • The Rankin House is a must see if you have any interest in our country's flight/fight to freedom. This, as well as The Parker House along the Ohio River tells the history of slaves and their extremely...  read more »
  • Take a walk on the steps to freedom!! What a great piece of history right here in Ohio!
  • John Rankin House sits on a hill overlooking the Ohio river. This house was part of the Underground Railroad. Once you crossed the Ohio River into the northern abolitionist states I'm sure this house was a welcomed sight.
  • Cindy the docent was great!! What a view of the Ohio!
  • The Rankin House is a simple building with an amazing history. It is nicely preserved. It is fun to wander through the rooms and imagine how it must have been to live here when any knock on the door might bring either a fugitive slave or an armed and outraged slave owner. The pamphlets and materials available are reasonably priced and contain fascinating detail for the history buff.
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