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John Rankin House, Ripley

#44 of 78 in Historic Sites in Ohio
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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  • July 12, 2017
    There has been extensive restoration done to the John Rankin House since our last visit a few years ago. They have restored the walls to look like the original paint and all the furniture and furnishi...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    We had a fabulous tour here given by Howard. This house has recently been renovated to it's period and I loved all the things they have done there...bedrooms, kitchen, stencil work, etc. One of the st...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    It's interesting to see how the slaves were helped to get out of slavery. They have a lot of interesting items from that time era.  more »
  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • May 7, 2017
    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
  • June 10, 2017
    Great history and views. A must see. Other historical places near by to see as well
  • February 5, 2017
    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!
  • April 2, 2017
    This place is beautiful. If you want to view a piece of history come visit the Rakin house.

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