John Rankin House Historic Site

At the freshly restored John Rankin House, a National Historic Landmark, you can step inside one of the best-documented and most active Underground Railroad "stations" in Ohio and get the story of Ohio's role in the abolitionist movement that set the stage for the end of slavery as well as the modern Civil Rights movement. 

You'll find a pre-Civil War home furnished and equipped to share the remarkable story of the Rankin family and their leading role in the antislavery and abolitionist movements. Ripley, where the Rankin House is located, is an Ohio River town in the southwest part of the state that was a hotbed of not-very-secret Underground Railroad activity in the decades before the war.

Ripley Heritage, Inc.
P.O. Box 176
Ripley, OH 45167

937-392-1627/800-752-2705

The John Rankin House Historic Site is managed locally by Ripley Heritage, Inc.

May - October
Wednesday - Saturday: 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

November
Open by appointment (for groups only)

December - January
Closed

February - April
Open by appointment (for groups only)

Admission is $4, $2/ages 6–12. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission.

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

Key things to do or see when you visit.

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History

History

Explore Rankin House's significance to Ohio History.

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Local Management

Local Management

Rankin House is locally managed by Ripley Heritage, Inc.

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Interesting Facts

Interesting Facts

Learn more about the historic site.

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Collections

Collections

Discover some of the amazing collections on view at Rankin House.

Historic Buildings and Resources

Historic Buildings and Resources

Documentation of Rankin House's historic structures.