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John Rankin House

The Rankin House was the home of the Presbyterian minister John Rankin and his family. Reverend Rankin is reputed to have been one of the most active conductors of the Underground Railroad. Rankin, along with his family, is thought to have helped hundreds of slaves on their escape to freedom. The house, located on the Ohio River is one of the first stops along the Underground Railroad in the free states. In addition to his work with the Underground Railroad, Rankin’s speeches and published works helped to influence citizens through his abolitionist views.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 6152 Rankin Road, Ripley, 45167

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Ohio Historic Preservation Office

Location Type: Site

UGRR Operatives: John Rankin

Religious Denominations: Presbyterian