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John Parker House, Ripley

#95 of 139 in Historic Sites in Ohio
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The John P. Parker House is a historic house museum at 300 North Front Street in Ripley, Ohio. It was home to former slave and inventor John P. Parker (1827–1900) from 1853 to his death in 1900. Parker was an abolitionist and a well-documented conductor on the Underground Railroad, helping hundreds of escaped slaves. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and it was further designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997. It is now owned and managed by a local nonprofit organization as a museum about Parker's life and the abolitionist movement.
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  • Excellent visit to the John Parker House. Dewey, the historian there, gave us a very thorough background story and history of who John Parker was and the important role he played in the Underground...  more »
  • When our tour guide Dewey asked "Do you want to browse or do you want to hear history?" we opted for the history and so glad we did. Dewey made the story of John Parker come alive with his extensive.....  more »
  • Fascinating little museum honoring the remarkable John Parker. We were treated to a fantastic personal presentation by a staff member whose name I regret to admit I forgot. He described in great detail the amazing life and accomplishments of Mr. Parker.
  • This place is incredible! Get John Parker's autobiography there as well and read it! Then revisit it, it'll blow your mind.

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