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The Signal House
234 North Front Street  
Ripley, Ohio
45167 

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Things to Do In and Around Ripley, Ohio 
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Ripley, Ohio  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. The Rankin house, home of the Reverend John Rankin, overlooks the Ohio River and was the home where fleeing slaves looked across the river from Kentucky for the candle in the window, signalling it was safe to cross on their journey to freedom. 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 Ohio Tobacco Festival. Experience the old fashioned holiday spirit during the River Village Christmas, the second weekend of December. Surrounding areas offer unique towns, dramas, vineyards, caves, wineries, herb farms, covered bridges, sternwheel regatta and lots of friendly people. Ripley is also the home of the Gunpowder Creek band and Ripley Banjo Works. Check out Ripley Banjo Works for the performance schedule of the Gunpowder Creek duo.

 

Easy day trips:

Cincinnati, Ohio Drive beautiful highway 52 along the river to visit historic Cincinnati, almost named "Porkopolis"! One of the finest Art Deco buildings in the world, the Union Station, is home to museums and an Omnimax theater. World class cultural events and sports. Many charming neighborhoods, including the gas lighted Clifton district to explore. Also home to Riverbend, www.riverbend-music.com, the Cincinnati Zoo www.cincyzoo.org, Cincinnati sports events, the Aquarium at Newport www.newportaquarium.com, Kentucky, River Downs www.riverdowns.com for concerts and racing.

A great day: Take the Ohio River ferry to Augusta Kentucky www.augustakentucky.com just about 10 miles west of Ripley. One of the three extant ferries on the Ohio River. Augusta is the home town of Rosemary Clooney.

Dayton, Ohio Home of the spectacular US Air Force museum, with planes and exhibits from the Wright Brothers through the Stealth bomber, and wartime memorabilia.

 

West Union, Ohio  Visit our little corner of Amish country, and buy homemade Amish furniture and pastry. The Lewis Mountain Herb Farm sells hard to find perennial and annual plants. Home of Goodseed Farm. www.adamscountyohio.com
 

Georgetown, Ohio Visit the little schoolhouse which General Ulysses S. Grant attended in 1829; the birthplace of General Grant is also close by, in Point Pleasant, along the Ohio River. Georgetown is the home of the Brown County Fair in September. Home of the Antique Machinery Show, one of the largest in Ohio. See steam engine tractors come to life as well as threshing machines and more. The Bluegrass Festival in Georgetown is a fantastic opportunity to see established and up and coming bluegrass bands perform, up close and personal... bring your lawn chair and be as close as you'll ever be to fantastic bands. This is the fourth full weekend in August, usually the same weekend as the Ohio Tobacco Festival. This year August 25th-27th 2005.

 

 

Old Washington, Kentucky Travel in the footsteps of Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton along the old Buffalo Trace. The visitor center and post office are charming original log structures, as is Simon Kenton's store. This town was founded in 1775! Specialty and antique shops.
 Old Washington Post Office
Old Washington Post Office

 

Maysville, Kentucky See the beautiful murals on the river wall behind the French Quarter Inn. Maysville is the home of the Rosemary Clooney Music Festival. The Maysville museum shows how life used to be in a bustling river pioneer settlement. Don't miss these fabulous murals painted on the floodwall by Robert Dafford. They depict the history of Maysville from pioneer days until the present time.

 

Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Kentucky Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park commemorates more than one era of history! Salt springs at Blue Licks attracted prehistoric mammoths and formed a center of Indian life, then later proved important to frontiersmen like Daniel Boone, who was captured here by Indians while operating saltworks. During the 19th century, the mineral springs were a popular health resort. But Blue Licks is most renowned as the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War in Kentucky.