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John Rankin House, Ripley

#43 of 139 in Historic Sites in Ohio
The John Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark in Ripley, Ohio. Built about 1816, it was home to Presbyterian abolitionist John Rankin, and was one of the original stops on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Beecher Stowe's visit to Rankin provided some of the story that became Uncle Tom's Cabin.The house was acquired by the State of Ohio in 1938 and is now operated by the Ohio History Connection and opened for tours.
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  • Rev. Rankin hid slaves in this house who had run from across the river in Kentucky. Little Liza in Uncle Tom's cabin crossed the river at this location by jumping from cake of ice to cake of ice with....  more »
  • docent was friendly and very knowledgeable, such amazing history here. well worth the visit. not to mention the river view.  more »
  • This is a lovely place to overlook the Ohio River and the village of Ripley. The sunset views are really nice and the history of the place is interesting! The grounds and the buildings are well-kept. I recommend visiting, especially since it holds lots of Civil War and Underground Railroad era history!
  • Such an interesting historical landmark. We paid for the guided tour and it was well worth it. I wish I could remember the tour guides name, but it escapes me. He was really knowledgeable.

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