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John Rankin House, Ripley

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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  • John Rankin’s House was a beacon for freedom for those escaping the south. Standing looking down from this mighty view will take you back to all those who struggled up that hill and your historical im...  more »
  • The Rankin House was a wonderful surprise history lesson at the end of a tour of this unfamiliar area of Ohio. Our history major tour guide was a wealth of knowledge which I appreciated. I love tourin...  more »
  • The Rankin house is something most of us learned about in school as a symbol of hope and the end of prejudice. I was in awe of the scenery and the house I had wanted to see for so long. The interior h...  more »
  • Wonderful tour! Our guide, Howard, was informative and full of interesting facts about John Rankin and his family as a whole. It was also helpful that he brought in a brief history of the town of Ripley. He was willing to answer questions and even spoke with our group after the tour in some of his down time. The new "community center" was completed four days before we arrived and it was very nice. Lots more information and maps on its walls.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • It was a great experience. Overlooking across the river was breathtaking. This house has great history.
  • Very Interesting! Made me want to reread Uncle Tom's Cabin. It also appears they are building maybe a visitors center?

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