Tours of the home are available. The home still contains much of its original woodwork. Visitors can also see several Rankin family artifacts, including the family Bible. The Rankin House parking lot was renovated in 2011 to accommodate tour buses and large vans.
The Rankin house rests just outside of the historic town of Ripley, OH. Ripley is part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway and has a 55-acre historic district. You can walk Front Street and enjoy the sites and sounds of river life. Take in the historic riverside homes or try one of the great local restaurants.
John Rankin wasn’t the only famous abolitionist in Ripley. You can also visit the John P. Parker house in Ripley. John Parker was an African-American inventor and active member of the Underground Railroad who helped hundreds of escaped slaves make their way to freedom.
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For more information on things to do in Brown County, see the Brown County Department of Travel & Tourism.