We took five grandsons (7-14) to visit the Rankin House on a summer history field trip. This was the favorite stop for all of us. The structure of the house is being restored and historians are studying the archeological findings. The skilled guide led us through parts of the house so that we could see what is being restored and studied. We all got to look out the front windows to see the hillside and the Ohio River and imagine the escaping slaves crossing the river and climbing the hill to this underground railroad stop. Outside the guide showed us the stairs that led to the house from the river bed and town below. We saw where the barn stood that had housed escaping slaves. Even though the day was sunny and bright, we felt that "we were there" on a dark night watching for slaves and listening for the sounds of hunting dogs chasing them. This was one field trip we will never forget! All of us rated this stop #1 in learning and fun. What tales this house could tell!
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