Overlooking the Scenic Ohio River 


The Signal House
234 North Front Street  
Ripley, Ohio

Information and reservations: Phone (937) 392-1640 or email:


Distinctive Features:
1830s Greek Italianate style home with ornate plaster moldings, 12 foot ceilings, unique furnishings.
Located on the banks of the Ohio River one hour east of Cincinnati
Central air and heat plus ceiling fans
Copier, fax and
free wifi available

Awarded "Best Night Out" by Cincinnati Magazine
Featured in: Ohio: Off the Beaten Track, The Cincinnati Post, Insiders Guide to Cincinnati, Ohio Magazine, Ohio Pass 1998 Fall and Winter. Dayton Daily, Cincinnati Magazine 2001

Ripley is located one hour east of Cincinnati, a beautiful drive along the riverbank on Highway 52, a National Scenic Byway.

to the historic and scenic village of Ripley, Ohio and to The Signal House Bed and Breakfast - a historic home with rooms overlooking the Ohio River. Legends tell of its involvement in the "Underground Railroad". A lantern from a skylight in the attic signaled rankin1.jpg (192563 bytes) Rev. John Rankin that the waterfront was safe to transport slaves to freedom. Legends also tell of two Civil War officers who lived in this house.

Located in Brown County, known for its covered bridges, we opened in 1989 and have been a bed and breakfast for 21 years.

Built in the 1830s, our Greek Italianate style home features ornate plaster molding which surround the twelve-foot ceilings, enhancing the charm of the twin parlors. It is uniquely furnished with an air of yesteryear. You will discover splendid views of the Ohio River Looking east toward Kentucky from our two spacious guest rooms. View the rolling hills and spectacular sunsets, while anticipating a glimpse of a passing paddle wheeler, comin' round the bend. Enjoy a game of croquet, a relaxing stroll by the flower garden, or select a rocking chair on one of the three porches where you can watch the river and friendly people pass by. In the fall and winter, enjoy parlor games such as Skittles, card games or Scrabble by the twin fireplaces.

Within walking distance are museums, restaurants and shops, including antiques and crafts. Imagine the grand drama of the past while strolling through Ripley's 55 acre historical district. View the many different types of architecture and the historic homes in the village. The scenic Ohio River hosts fishing, boating, water and jet skiing for the water sportsman. Marina pick-up is available upon request. Join the fun during the fourth weekend in August at the w-horse.jpg (137288 bytes) Ohio Tobacco Festival. Experience the old fashioned holiday spirit during the River Village Christmas, the second weekend of December. Surrounding areas offer unique towns, festivals, dramas, caves, vineyards, a winery, herb farms, covered bridges, sternwheel regatta and lots of friendly people.

There's lots to do in Ripley and the surrounding area, and we invite you to share our home and community and hope to see you soon.|