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“Rankin House is First Rate”
Review of John Rankin House

John Rankin House
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Ripley
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

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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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Currently undergoing a complete restoration, so tours focus on the structure and archeological work, but include information on the family's role in abolition. With OHS hit hard with budget cuts, it's heartening to see local groups step forward to care for important sites. Docents were enthusiastic and knowledgable.

School age children of all ages can relate to the family's role in aiding escaping slaves.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

I'm a big history buff and my wife and I decided to drive down and do a little tour of southern Ohio. We ended up at The Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio where the Underground Railroad really gained it's steam from. The house and the history was beyond our expectations and they are working on restoring the house to it's original look. It's amazing looking into the upstairs and secret areas they would house the slaves before helping to gain their freedom. And while you're there be sure to take in the view over the Ohio River Valley over into Kentucky. It's awe-inspiring! Then you can take in the John Parker House, walk the historic river front and even go to the cemetary and locate the many children of Rev. Rankin and even his grave with a bust over the grave. It's amazing and a wonderful piece of history right in our own backyard!

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

The home sits high on the hill in Ripley, Ohio, a rivertown. Standing on the hillside and looking down on the river and into Kentucky you can get a feel for what it was like to escape crossing the river and the struggles once across.

2  Thank tj3js289
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

John Rankin was an abolitionist on the Ohio side of the Ohio River. His house was one of the documented stations on the Underground Railroad. This is where the real Eliza crossed the frozen river with his child in her arms. While you are there visit the house of the black abolitionist, John Parker.

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