John Rankin House Historic Site

Rankin House Offers Tours During Restoration: July - October 2013


Note: The Rankin House is undergoing a restoration to return the home to its 1830s appearance. During the restoration, the John Rankin House Historic Site will offer unique restoration and history tours that will showcase the complex restoration work in process as well as tell the story of the Rankin Family and how they helped over 2,000 slaves escape on the Underground Railroad.

The Restoration and History Tours run now through October during regular hours. Tours are thirty minutes long and begin every half hour starting 30 minutes after opening and ending 30 minutes before closing:

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

Visitors are asked to wear close-toed shoes. Because restoration work changes daily, there may be times that a particular area or the entire house will be closed. Tours will still go on, continuing to focus on the Rankins and the exterior of the building. Additionally, furnishings have been removed to accommodate the work.  Visitors can still tour the house (when available) and the grounds.

Admission: $4/adult; $2/child (6-18); OHS Members/FREE. The Rankin House is located at 6152 Rankin Hill Rd., Ripley, Ohio, 45167. For more information visit, www.ohiohistory.org/rankin or call 800.752.2705.

Rankin House Needs Your Help.  OHS is currently in the process of restoring the interior  of the 1829 Rankin House in Ripley, Ohio, and we have found evidence that at least two of the first floor rooms originally had decorative stenciling applied to the walls. Unfortunately, the evidence of what the full design was is sparse and creating a design for an entire room could quickly cross over into conjecture. Our hope is to locate extant examples of stenciling in the vicinity or a long the same migration route as the Rankin House (the Ohio River and Zane's Trace).  Ideally, we would find a house stenciled by the same artist or"school" of artists, with stenciling layouts that use the same couple of patterns we have at the Rankin House.  Any information or leads you might have would be greatly appreciated!  For more information, including pictures of what was found at the Rankin House, or to share any information you have, please contact Chris Buchanan at cbuchanan@ohiohistory.org or419-496-7243.

937-392-1627/800-752-2705

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

Because of restoration work the site will be completely closed in December and January. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 for restorations

February - April
Open by appointment (for groups only)

FREE

Donations are welcome
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