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.Make John Rankin House a part of your Ripley vacation plans using our Ripley travel itinerary planner.
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Judi NJuly 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 »
Elizabeth CJuly 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 »
musicjeJuly 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 »
Clotee LangJuly 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.
Katie SwigerMay 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
Ashley HowertonJune 10, 2017
Great history and views. A must see. Other historical places near by to see as well
Michael WFebruary 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!
Rae BakerApril 2, 2017
This place is beautiful. If you want to view a piece of history come visit the Rakin house.
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