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John Rankin House, Ripley

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#46 of 77 in Historic Sites in Ohio
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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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  • The history of this place is fascinating. The inside of the house has been restored beautifully. If you love history this is a must. Plus you get a gorgeous view of the Ohio River.  more »
  • Great experience and enjoyed by the whole family! The tour guide gave a lot of information and the view was outstanding. Highly recommend.  more »
  • What a great piece of history and an awesome story behind the John Rankin House. Even if you don't care of the history it is worth stopping for the view!  more »
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  • The views are breathtakingly beautiful. Even more awesome, it is enlightening history. The Rankin house was a key stop on the Underground Railroad. I arrived after hours and the home was closed but the grounds, the 100 steps to freedom, and the Underground Railroad trail was still accessible. I walked the steps and the trail. A humbling experience.
  • The knowledge of our tour guide was extraordinary. He was kind, thoughtful, and above all, hilarious. The history of the house, and its former owners, are like none other. You can feel the history of the house come to life. At least 2,000 slaves went through that house to their freedom. It is absolutely incredible. I will certainly be coming back, as soon there will be a gift shop, and free tours 9/10/17 $5 for adults , $3 for students
  • Great history and views. A must see. Other historical places near by to see as well
  • Great house tour with amazing views. Tour guides were every nice and friendly. They even added an extra tour to accommodate all the visitors that arrived late in the day!
  • This place is beautiful. If you want to view a piece of history come visit the Rakin house.