Subjects: Rankin, John, 1793-1886; Rankin House; Underground Railroad -- Ohio; Places: Ripley (Ohio); Brown County (Ohio); Collection: Ohio History Connection - Property Files Source: P 365; Box 11, Folder 10 Item ID: OHS: AL06588.tif Description: The Rankin house was a stop on the Underground Railroad. John Rankin was a Presbyterian minister who assisted around 2000 runaway slaves to find freedom. From his home on top of Liberty Hill, he would signal to runaway slaves when it was safe to cross the Ohio River. They then climbed 100 wooden steps to the house, where he would give them shelter and food before they continued their journey to Canada.
The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 9, 2012. Width: 5969 pixels Height: 4848 pixels