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Ripley in Jackson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Brother Harry Ripley

 
 
Brother Harry Ripley Bench image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Brother Harry Ripley Bench
Inscription. Brother Harry Ripley was a circuit-riding minister for the Methodist church. According to legend, he had planned to wed a local girl and build the first church in the community. Tragedy struck, however, when he drowned in Mill Creek with their marriage certificate in his coat pocket. Local leaders opted to change the community’s name from Jackson Court House to Ripley when the town received its charter from the Virginia assembly on Dec 19, 1832.
 
Location. 38° 49.188′ N, 81° 42.729′ W. Marker is in Ripley, West Virginia, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Court Street North and North Street West, on the left when traveling north on Court Street North. Click for map. It is at the courthouse, to the right of the front entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Ripley WV 25271, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Partisan Raid (within shouting distance of this marker); Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ripley (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Staats Mill Covered Bridge
Brother Harry Ripley Bench at Courthouse Square image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
2. Brother Harry Ripley Bench at Courthouse Square
(approx. 2.2 miles away); The Casto Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); Staats Mill Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away); Ravenswood / Ohio River Ford (approx. 8.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ripley.
 
Also see . . .  Jackson County History. “Captain William Parsons was one of the county's most prominent citizens. He arrived in the Ripley area shortly before 1800. Jacob Starcher laid out the town in 1830, and named it in honor of Harry Ripley, a young minister who was to be married, but drowned in Big Mill Creek, about one and a half miles north of the town, shortly before the ceremony took place.” (Submitted on August 31, 2008.) 
 
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Nearby George Washington Bi-Centenial Memorial Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Nearby George Washington Bi-Centenial Memorial Tree Marker
"Planted April 16, 1932 by Federated Women's Club of Ripley. Registered [at] The American Forests Association, Washington, D.C."
George Washington Bi-Centennial Memorial Tree image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
4. George Washington Bi-Centennial Memorial Tree
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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