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“Beautiful Location” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of John Rankin House

John Rankin House
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Ripley
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Beautiful Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

We did not have enough time to enter the house but the surrounding property and view of the Ohio River were beautiful.

Visited May 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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593 reviews
283 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Lucky”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

Lucky I am - I visited just before the rehab project and during. Looking forward to stopping in again to see the refinishing. Views are the best in the area and the history is interesting and need-to-know. If you are anywhere in the area and have not visited - why not? :)

Visited August 2013
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Chicago, IL
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174 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Will be back - closed for the winter season”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

We did not prepare properly and came to the site after they closed for the season. Beware, looks like they close for the winter starting 11/1. Totally our fault for not checking.

So I still give it the highest rating because you can still walk around the grounds and read the plaques and see the house and its placement over the river. We walked around. Other people were there too, seemed to be ok.

It is a very small house but that adds to the significance when you think about what this man and his family did to help over 2000 slaves in their journey to freedom.

We will be back and next time will double check to make sure they are open. The tour sounds wonderful and the drive from Cinti was very quick, less than an hour.

Visited November 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Rankin House is First Rate”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited August 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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137 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Low key, significant historical site...take the time!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2013
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