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Rankin House

6152 Rankin Hill Road, Ripley, OH 45167, USA

Rankin House was the home of Presbyterian minister and ardent abolitionist Rev. John Rankin. The brick house was his home from 1828 until the early 1860s. He and his family are credited with aiding 2,000 slaves and boasted they "never lost a passenger." Harriet Beecher Stowe was a guest in his home on several occasions, and her character "Eliza" in Uncle Tom's Cabin, was based on stories of assisting slaves she heard from the Rankin family. The house is now a National Historic Landmark and sits on a bluff overlooking the village of Ripley, the Ohio River, and the Kentucky hills.


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I-275 to 32 (Appalachian Highway) to U.S. 62/68 turnoff which dead-ends in Ripley. Turn right on U.S. 52. Go 2 blocks on U.S. 52 and look for signs to the right to Rankin Hill Road.

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Rest rooms, information, handicapped access, gift shop, museum.

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Admission Fee

Adults $4.00, students (ages 6-18) $2.00, children 5 and under Free


May - October: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Sunday 12:00PM - 5:00PM. November - April: open by appointment only



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