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John Rankin House, Ripley

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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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  • Though our pre-visit research gave us a little question mark about this visit (the website wasn't very clear... thanks fellow TripAdvisor reviewers!), we committed a day to driving from our base in Ci...  more »
  • So glad my cousins from Florida and I made the trip from Cincinnat. We started our adventure at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati the day before our trip to Ripley. We wer...  more »
  • I am happy I took the time to drive over and visit the Rankin House. The docent was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. This was a ad-on to my visit of The Underground Railroad Freedom Center...  more »
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  • 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.