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Rich in history

This area along the Ohio River is rich in Underground Railroad history. Although we didn't tour the... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
A rare piece of insight!

If you are in this area, a must see! We traveled about 2 hours and were glad we did. A great... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Lancaster, Ohio
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

This area along the Ohio River is rich in Underground Railroad history. Although we didn't tour the John Rankin house itself, we visited the information center, which provided very interesting background of the history of the area and of the Rankin family and other abolitionists....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MicheleFC1
Reviewed 7 August 2018

If you are in this area, a must see! We traveled about 2 hours and were glad we did. A great glimpse into an area that can be touchy. Don't forget to go into town and see the other sites that give information on this...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Recent renovations have returned the Rankin house to historic accuracy. Have toured the house many times during the past 20 years...So glad the OHC invested in this project. Tour guide, Howard, was well-informed and amusing. Nice that he not only knew about the house but...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank MitziDee
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

If you love history especially about the Civil War and the Underground Railroad this is a very good tour for you. It’s fascinating to hear about the Rankin family’s determination to help free slaves-2,000 or more. That’s amazing. Our guide was very thorough without going...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank jgbtravels
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We had a remarkable tour given by Howard Mcclain. Howard knows the history and how courageous people believed in the right for slaves to escape.Wonderful to see the Rankin house and know it is cared for.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Ellie B
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

Take the road along the Ohio River east from Cincinnati to Ripley where you will find the John Rankin House atop a ridge overlooking the Ohio River. The historic home is meticulously restored to its original condition. Be sure to take the guided tour as...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank drpres
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Recently visited this historic site. Tours run on the hour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Tour lasts about 45 minutes. $5 for adults. Beautiful, new, visitor center. I recommend you read some history on the the impact John Turner made on humanity...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Jim L
Reviewed 19 February 2018

The John Rankin House will take you back to a critical time in pre-Civil War history when Rev. John Rankin and his sons helped over 2,000 slaves escape to safe territory, risking their lives to do so. Standing in the window where their candle alerted...More

Date of experience: July 2017
3  Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 15 October 2017

John Rankin’s House was a beacon for freedom for those escaping the south. Standing looking down from this mighty view will take you back to all those who struggled up that hill and your historical imagination will take flight. A must see for hopistory buffs,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Joann0828
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The Rankin House was a wonderful surprise history lesson at the end of a tour of this unfamiliar area of Ohio. Our history major tour guide was a wealth of knowledge which I appreciated. I love touring historical homes that are furnished and learning new...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank debbrandt72
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14 May 2018|
Response from hwmcclainjr |
The Rankin House and the Visitor Center are both handicapped accessible. However, the historic home has a 2nd story that is only accessible via the stairway.
Lillian M
7 May 2018|
Response from hwmcclainjr |
The Rankin House is open Wednesday-Sunday beginning on the first Wednesday in April through October 31st. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.