We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Parker House

330 N. Front Street, Ripley, OH
Website
Improve this listing
100%
Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Ripley
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This man is an exceptional figure in the history of the Underground Railroad. He was separated from...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This man is an exceptional figure in the history of the Underground Railroad. He was separated from his family and sold into slavery at age 8. He worked to buy his freedom, then risked it all by helping others to escape slavery. The docent at this house had extraordinary knowledge of the man.
Write a Review

6 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    3
    3
    0
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

I was amazed to learn about the role of John Parker in the Underground Railroad. I was especially impressed with his having bought himself freedom from slavery in Mississippi/Louisiana and coming North. He was a smart black man and quite an entrepreneur. A must see for those interested in the Underground Railroad and the important role that Northern Kentucky and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cincinnati, Ohio
Top Contributor
214 reviews 214 reviews
76 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The Parker House is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May to October. This is a national landmark and there is an interesting plaque in the front of the house to read before entering. The home overlooks the Ohio River and the street in front of the house had plenty of free parking spots available. Dewey, the docent, gave a very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Indianapolis, Indiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A very interesting and informative hour well spent learning about the life of John Parker, one of America's heroes as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Butler PA
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Stopped in town during the Ohio Hog Rally. The scenic ride was great. We stopped by here I read most historical markers and this was a pleasant surprise. We did the entire tour which is rather long. Bought Parkers book and made a donation to help with important piece of history.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Blanchester, Ohio
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Ripley is amazing me and the history of the Underground Railroad there is show stopping. After a visit to the Rankin House my wife and I made it point to visit the John Parker House as well. Even though the talk that the man gives was quite long, you could see the passion he had for the story he was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Charleston, SC
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Our family went to Cincinnati and to Ripley, Ohio, to research the Underground Railroad. Visiting the John Parker House in Ripley was a highlight of the trip. A docent at this house gave a 40-minute extemporaneous talk about the man that was absolutely fascinating. The displays in the home were very informative, and it's a tremendous thing that people in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 8

Travelers who viewed John Parker House also viewed

 

Been to John Parker House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from John Parker House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?