The Village of Ripley
On December 18th, the Rankin House received a 2019 Heritage Award from Ohio's Hill Country Heritage Area. The award was presented at a luncheon held at the Statehouse. Representative Doug Green was in attendance to present the award. Betty Campbell provided a nice presentation about the John Rankin House.
The John Rankin House is one of the best-documented and most active Underground Railroad “stations” in Ohio. Located in Ripley, Ohio, and built in 1825, The Rankin House was home to abolitionist and Presbyterian minister John Rankin, his wife Jean, and their 13 children. It’s estimated that over 2,000 slaves seeking freedom stayed with the Rankins, sometimes as many as 12 at a time. Here, visitors can learn how the Rankin family and their neighbors in Ripley and other nearby communities helped the enslaved on their path to freedom via the Underground Railroad.