RIPLEY MUSEUM

The Ripley Museum

219 N. 2nd St.

Ripley, Ohio 45167

937 392-4660

Hours of Operation:
  • Open May – Second week of December
  • Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
  • Other times by appointment, in season, call 937 392-4660
  • Out of season tours call 937-392-4044
Directions:

From the center of town head west on US 52 (2nd Street).  The museum is located on US 52 between Mulberry and Locust streets.  Parking is available on the street.

 

Admission: FREE

The Ripley Museum is located in an 1850’s home featuring 10 rooms with collectibles dating from the late 18th century up to the mid-20th century. This federal design house is similar to many built in Ripley in the 1850’s. It features three fireplaces and a curved staircase. The parlor, with its shuttered windows, contains a Valley Gem piano which was manufactured in Ripley in the 1870s.

 

The Ripley Museum was the 1976 Bicentennial Project for the Village of Ripley. The home was donated by Jane Dyruff and Miriam Zachman in memory of their mother Eliese Bambach Stivers, noted local historian. Since that time the museum has acquired many fine pieces, a civil war collection and many local historic artifacts.

Historic Clothing Collection

Victorian Man’s Bedroom

Military Memorabelia

Military Heritage Exhibit – 2022 Ohio Rural Heritage Festival

Families of local veterans brought hundreds of historic items for the exhibit.
Commander Eddie Brierly (Simon Kenton VFW Post Commander) and Marion Sidwell (American Legion Post Commander) were present during the event to answer questions about their military service.

The WWII videos posted below were transferred from VHS and audio cassettes produced in 2001 by Ripley Heritage, Inc. and the Ripley Museum with funding from the Ohio Humanities Council.  While efforts were made to include all veterans from the local area, some did not reply to the request for an interview.  If your loved one is not listed, we regret that we were unable to record their story.

*** Please note:  The audio does not start for at least 30 seconds while credits scroll up in the 2001 videos. ***

Interview with Eddie Brierly and Marion Sidwell

Ripley-Union Township WWII Veterans

WWII Veteran Interview with William Bick, Jr.

WWII Veteran Interview with Nathan Poff

The following videos were produced from content transferred from audio cassettes created in 2001.  A headset is highly recommended as some of the audio has degraded over time. You may need to adjust the volume occasionally for the best listening experience.

Charles Frederick “Freddie” Anderson

William Bick, Jr. – Daily life in WWII Army Air Force

Lionell Davis

Glenn Kittles

Ronald E. Paul

Elza Poff

Nathan Poff

Donald Schroth