Ripley, Ohio, a picturesque village on the Ohio River Scenic Byway in southwest Ohio, has a 55-acre National Historic District.  It is east of Cincinnati, a bridge or ferry away from Kentucky Bluegrass country, all part of the Ohio River Valley. Come and experience the welcoming hospitality of this unique riverside town, rich in history, with a friendly river town atmosphere. 

Ripley's location on the Ohio River affords visitors wonderful tourist attractions, festivals, museums, wineries, unique shopping, and easy access to water recreation, and close interesting side trips. In the surrounding countryside there are five covered bridges. 

Brimming with history, from Tecumseh and the Shawnee to pioneers and the Civil War, this historic town is located on US 52, a part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway, the longest National Scenic Byway in the nation. Ripley gained a reputation throughout the United States for its strong beliefs in the abolition of slavery, and many of its citizens were active in the Underground Railroad movement. 


                   UPCOMING EVENTS




            Author Ann Hagedorn who will be the featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the John P. Parker Historical Society at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 19, 2015. Ann Hagedorn, author of several top selling books including "Beyond the River, The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad", will speak on the life and times of John Parker. Her talk will be entitled, "John Parker: Then and Now." After the program there will be various Hagedorn books available and Ann has agreed to a book signing. Light refreshments will be served.

            Everyone is invited to attend this interesting program at 2 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The program is free and will be held at the John Parker House Museum, 300 N. Front Street, Ripley, Ohio. For information contact Carol Stivers, 937-392-1437.



Rankin House-
Open May through October or by appointment 937-392-4044.

John P. Parker Home-

Visit Ripley Museum, 219 N. 2nd Street (U.S. Rt. 52), , May- December or by appointment 937-392-4044

Click HERE to
 get the correction sheet for Ripley, Ohio: Its History and Families, Vol. 2

Kinkead Ridge Winery- Check their website for dates and times of wine releases and events

After touring the Ripley Underground Railroad sites, consider visiting the Grant sites in Georgetown, Ohio- or Grant Birthplace in Pt. Pleasant, Ohio-

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or call 937-392-4377.

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