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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Ripley, Ohio

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Georgetown is the county seat for Brown County
Ripley is in Brown County
      Brown County (56)  
      Adams County (46)  
      Clermont County (122)  
      Clinton County (46)  
      Highland County (37)  
      Bracken County, Kentucky (23)  
      Mason County, Kentucky (82)  
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1 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Battery F Ripley / Ripley Cannon
Battery F, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, was organized in Ripley by Major Daniel T. Cockerill. It was heavily engaged at the Battle of Stone River, Tennessee, January 1, 1863. Aiding in the repulse of repeated attacks “with great slaughter,” Major . . . Map (db m135379) HM
2 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 7-8 — Camp Ripley / Camp Ammen1861–1864
With news of hostilities at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, Ripley men formed one of Ohio’s first military units and established Camp Ripley on what was the 12-acre Ripley Fairgrounds. Chosen as Captain was West Point graduate Jacob Ammen. His unit . . . Map (db m135348) HM
3 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 12-8 — Charles Young in Ripley / Colonel Young's Achievements
Charles Young in RipleyUpon his death in 1922, Colonel Charles Young was the highest ranking African American officer in the United States Army. Born into slavery in Kentucky in 1864, Young moved to Ripley with his parents Gabriel and . . . Map (db m180613) HM
4 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Doctor BeasleyAnti-Slavery Sympathizer and Advocate
This tablet marks the site of the residence of Doctor Beasley, anti-slavery sympathizer and advocate. In a night encounter at the ferry landing, both a master and a slave were severely wounded. The slave escaped but lay in the barn of Theodore . . . Map (db m135540) HM
5 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Eliza’s Tale
In the winter of 1838 a slave woman and her baby began their journey to freedom. To avoid capture in Kentucky she crossed the ice floes in the Ohio River to the safety of the Ripley Shore. The story of Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin was based on . . . Map (db m135537) HM
6 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — First Home of Rev. John Rankin
This three-family dwelling was the first permanent home of famed Underground Railroad Conductor Rev. John Rankin. Rev. Rankin, wife Jean, and their young family settled in Ripley, Ohio, in 1822 when he accepted the call to become the minister of . . . Map (db m135533) HM
7 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. ParkerAbolitionist & Underground Railroad Conductor — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
John Parker came to Ripley in 1847 and networked with other established conductors on Ripley’s Underground Railroad: Rev. John Rankin; Thomas, Eli & Theodore Collins, & Rev. James Gilliland. Before and during the Civil War, John Parker led a . . . Map (db m135454) HM
8 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. ParkerIron Moulder & Industrialist — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
Parker and Hood Foundry was owned by John P. Parker and William Hood. They manufactured many farm and household items. They produced 3 sizes of sugar mills. The sugar mills crushed sugar cane or sorghum. The juice extracted could be made into . . . Map (db m135471) HM
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9 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. Parker Memorial Park
John P. Parker (1827–1900). Born into slavery. Bought his freedom at the age of 18. Underground Railroad Conductor. He helped hundreds of freedom seekers. Mentor to Colonel Charles Young. There is quiet symbolism built into this 1 . . . Map (db m135477) HM
10 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John P. Parker’s Early LifeJohn P. Parker Memorial Park
• Born into slavery 1827 • First sold at age 8 • Forced to march from Norfolk Virginia to Mobile Alabama • Bought by a doctor • The doctor’s sons taught him to read and write • Learned the trade of iron moulding • Bought his freedom at . . . Map (db m135475) HM
11 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — John Parker’s PathJohn P. Parker Memorial Park
“I knew him (John Parker) as a boy, as the man who was afraid to walk on the sidewalk. Winter and summer, rain or shine, he invariably walked in the middle of the street. He did so because Ripley was an old town with many narrow alleys, out of . . . Map (db m135452) HM
12 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Liberty MonumentThe Men Who Wrought For Liberty and The Men Who Fought For Liberty
(west-facing tablet) The men who wrought for Liberty were the forerunners of the Abolition Movement culminating in the Civil War. • They were the intermediaries between the anti-slavery men of the American Revolution and the anti-slavery . . . Map (db m135396) HM
13 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Mr. Thomas KirkerWith Whom General U. S. Grant Boarded
In 1838 Mr. Thomas Kirker resided in this house, with whom General U. S. Grant boarded, while attending the Whittmore private school, his parents living in Georgetown.Map (db m135536) HM
14 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Rankin House
Home of Reverend John Rankin, Underground Railroad Station 1828-1863 A State Memorial of the Ohio Historical SocietyMap (db m70904) HM WM
15 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe
This tablet is erected to Rear Admiral Joseph Fyffe. On Jan. 25th, 1865, as commander of a wooden gun boat The Hunchback, he attacked alone two Confederate Iron Clads which retreated up the James. Admiral Fyffe always held that day in . . . Map (db m135479) HM
16 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 4-8 — Ripley / The John P. Parker House
Ripley was incorporated as the village of Staunton in 1812. Its name was changed in 1816 to honor General Eleazer Wheelock Ripley, a hero of the War of 1812. In the years before railroads. Ripley was principal Ohio River shipping center. Also . . . Map (db m135431) HM
17 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 8-8 — Ripley and the Ohio River
A part of the Virginia Military District, Ripley was founded in 1812 by Colonel James Poage, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Originally named Staunton, after Poage’s home town in Virginia, the village comprised 1,000 acres along the Ohio river. . . . Map (db m135427) HM
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18 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — Site of the Home of Senator Alexander Campbell
This tablet marks the site of the home of Senator Alexander, doctor, merchant, and early anti-slavery leader. A Virginian by birth, he moved to Ohio in 1803, freeing his slaves. U.S. Senator from 1809 to 1813. At the burning of the Capitol by the . . . Map (db m135720) HM
19 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — The John P. Parker FamilyJohn Percival (1827–1900) & Miranda (Boulden) Parker (1831–1920) — John P. Parker Memorial Park —
John and Miranda had seven children. 1. John P. Parker, Jr. (1849–1871), Oberlin College. Died while in college. 2. Hale Giddings Parker (1851–1925), Oberlin College and Law School. Was Superintendent & Lawyer. 3. Cassius Clay . . . Map (db m135474) HM
20 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — The Residence of General Granville Moody“The Fighting Parson”
This tablet marks the residence of General Granville Moody, ‘The Fighting Parson,’ preacher and soldier. At the laying of the cornerstone of the Methodist Church, like Elijah of old, he prayed that an impending storm be stayed, and the clouds hung . . . Map (db m135503) HM
21 Ohio, Brown County, Ripley — 9-8 — The Squirrel Hunters
The American Civil War was in its second year, and Confederate forces were advancing in the east and in the west. Confederates led by General Edward Kirby Smith had defeated a Union Force at Richmond, Kentucky on August 30, 1862. Word was received . . . Map (db m135372) HM
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Dec. 6, 2023