Rankin House State Memorial


The Rankin House State Memorial sits on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River in Ripley. This house was one of the first stops on the Underground Railroad for thousands of fugitive slaves. The famous abolitionist Reverend John Rankin offered hope for any Kentucky slave who wished to flee to the free state of Ohio. From 1825 until Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation following the Civil War, Rankin and his wife Jean sheltered, fed and protected over two thousand fugitives from slavery. One dramatic incident, in which a woman holding her baby jumped on ice floes to cross the river, later found its way into Harriet Beecher Stowe's epic Uncle Tom's Cabin0 . The house contains items which belonged to the Rankin family. You can also see the wooden stairway which leads from the banks of the Ohio River up to the Rankin House. Guided tours of the Rankin house are offered from May 1 to the second weekend in December Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday noon to 5 PM.


Ripley, OH 45167


38.75270700, -83.84673300
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