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John Parker House

330 N Front St, Ripley, OH 45167-1016
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Very Important UGRR Site

Dewey gave us a great intro to John Parker who was a very important free black man who was... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2017
Elizabeth C
Fantastic visit

Don't miss Dewey's presentation on the John P. Parker House in Ripley. Dewey is "best docent... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
Highland Heights, Kentucky
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This man is an exceptional figure in the history of the Underground Railroad. He was separated from his family and sold into slavery at age 8. He worked to buy his freedom, then risked it all by helping others to escape slavery. The docent at this house had extraordinary knowledge of the man.
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330 N Front St, Ripley, OH 45167-1016
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Dewey gave us a great intro to John Parker who was a very important free black man who was instrumental in aiding and transporting runaways on the UGRR. He home/foundry was very interesting and well worth the price of admission!

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Don't miss Dewey's presentation on the John P. Parker House in Ripley. Dewey is "best docent ever." I'll go back just to ask more questions and to learn more about John Parker and the abolitionist activity in Ripley.

Thank E6548LEsarah
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The docent was very knowledgeable and told the story of John Parker in a captivating manner. Such a rich abolitionist history in Ripley,OH. The house underwent a large renovation recently and it was very nice. I made a day of it and visited the Parker...More

Thank Rod B
Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you are in the area it is worth checking out. Pretty impressive history and the guy working when I visited was super informative. Be sure to stop by the Rankin House while in town.

Thank Abby G
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This had to be one of the most interesting places I have been in a long time. The guide was so interesting and he really knew his stuff. You talk about a story teller and history guide of the highest caliber. If you want to...More

Thank Shawn H
Reviewed 9 June 2016

We went on a class trip to the Parker house, and the Rankin house (which is right up the hill). The history behind John Parker is unbelievable. It is definitely worth the trip to Ripley Ohio. I would definitely go back for another time.

Thank reedtyler12
Reviewed 22 October 2015

The interior of this home has been bastardized to the point of being unrecognizable as a home. It feels more like a museum that's short of funds

Thank johnny w
Reviewed 10 September 2015

The importance of Mr. Parker along with the other residents of this village is historically significant. The home also pays homage to Mr Parker's intelligence, perseverance and ingenuity.

Thank GenaDimitria
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

My kids and I decided to explore Ripley Ohio for the day. The docent here was so knowledgeable and passionate. He could suck you right into the life and times of John Parker lol. It was very interesting and worth the stop.

Thank savvycade
Reviewed 25 September 2014

I was amazed to learn about the role of John Parker in the Underground Railroad. I was especially impressed with his having bought himself freedom from slavery in Mississippi/Louisiana and coming North. He was a smart black man and quite an entrepreneur. A must see...More

1  Thank TravelingDiva13
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