Explore... Historic Museums & Libraries

Rankin House
6152 Rankin Road
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-1627
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John Parker House
300 Front Street
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-4188
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The Ripley Museum
219 N. 2nd St.
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937 392-4660
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The Ohio Tobacco Museum
703 S 2nd St,
Ripley, Ohio 45167
937-392-9410
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Union Township Public Library – Ripley, Aberdeen, Russellville
27 Main St, Ripley, OH
(937) 392-4871
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Explore... Historic People

Aunt Jemima – Rosa Washington Riles

Visit the gravesite of one of America’s iconic folk figures. It is a short 7-mile trip to Red Oak Church (also historic). Travel North on Rt. 62-68. Look for it on the right after you pass Hartmen Road.
Folk Figure. Born Rosa Washington Riles in Red Oak, Ohio, she was the third popular symbol for the Quaker Oats Company’s Aunt Jemima Pancake and Syrup products. Recruited in the 1930s, she traveled around the country making public appearances playing Aunt Jemima until 1948.

Explore... Nearby Historical Sites

OHIO COVERED BRIDGES BY COUNTY –  CLICK HERE

More than 12,000 covered bridges have dotted America’s landscape since the first was built in Philadelphia in 1805. At least 3,500 of these bridges were built in Ohio.  America offered a plentiful supply of wood for bridge building by local carpenters who used one of several patented designs for the truss or supporting structure.

Why were the bridges covered? Many believe that their resemblance to a barn lessened the fear of horses at a river crossing. While they certainly provided shelter from a sudden shower or a place for Saturday night sparking, the true reason was the protection afforded the truss from constant exposure to the weather. While an uncovered wooden bridge would last about 20 years, a covered truss would last about 100. All of Brown County’s remaining covered bridges have now passed the century mark.

Today, five bridges remain as a part of Brown County’s local heritage and history. Three of these are open to vehicular traffic, two are by-passed and open to foot traffic.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES FROM RIPLEY

Georgetown, Ohio
President Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home
Address: 219 E Grant Ave, Georgetown, OH 45121
Phone: (937) 378-3087
www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org

Augusta, Kentucky
A leisurely ride across the Ohio River on the Augusta Ferry is a great way to view the city and the surrounding hillsides. The former Miss America, Heather Renee French, grew up here, as did George Clooney. His parents, Nick & Nina, continue to reside in Augusta. Once you’ve spent a day in Augusta, you’ll discover for yourself why Augusta is so special. For many, it’s the history – the wealth of fine homes and buildings which date back to the eighteenth century. For others it’s the allure of the river and the sweeping hillsides – a natural panorama that has inspired countless artists.

Old Washington, Kentucky
Travel in the footsteps of Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton along the old Buffalo Trace. The visitor center and post office are charming original log structures, as is Simon Kenton’s store. This town was founded in 1775!