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. 

Rankin House- Recent restoration to reflect Rankin's work 1840s


Notice: Rankin steps are damaged due to a storm and have been closed until 2019.               



The 2018 Rankin season has been changed to April through October. Tours may be scheduled off-season by calling 937-392-4044.

The John P. Parker House located at 300 N. Front St. is open May-October, Friday and Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5.  Open all other days all year by appointment by calling 937-392-4044 or 937-392-4188.


Rankin House-
Open May through October, Wednesday-Saturday, 10-5, Sunday 12-5, off season for information call 937-392-4044.

John P. Parker Home-

Visit Ripley Museum, 219 N. 2nd Street (U.S. Rt. 52),  May- 2nd Saturday in December, open Saturdays 10-4.  For information call 937-392-4044

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

To contact Ripley Village Offices email your request to
or call 937-392-4377.

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