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Address: 330 N Front St, Ripley, OH 45167-1016

This man is an exceptional figure in the history of the Underground...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Highland Heights, Kentucky
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Highland Heights, Kentucky
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Reviewed 20 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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 house and Rankin house. I highly suggest taking the time to visit both places. I'll... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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.

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Alexandria Bay, New York
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Reviewed 21 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 be transported back into the time when Mr. Parker was living, this guide and this... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 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

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Watkinsville, Georgia
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Reviewed 9 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.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 12 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.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 24 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 for those interested in the Underground Railroad and the important role that Northern Kentucky and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Parker House is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May to October. This is a national landmark and there is an interesting plaque in the front of the house to read before entering. The home overlooks the Ohio River and the street in front of the house had plenty of free parking spots available. Dewey, the docent, gave a very... More 

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