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Address: 330 N. Front Street, Ripley, OH
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Description: This man is an exceptional figure in the history of the Underground...
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.
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Passionate Docent, Learned a lot. Enjoyed.

My kids and I decided to explore Ripley Ohio for the day. The docent here was so knowledgeable and passionate. He could suck you right into the life and times of John Parker lol... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

My kids and I decided to explore Ripley Ohio for the day. The docent here was so knowledgeable and passionate. He could suck you right into the life and times of John Parker lol. It was very interesting and worth the stop.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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.

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Butler PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

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Blanchester, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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 

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Charleston, SC
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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 

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