The John Rankin House


Possibly the most active stop in the Underground Railroad, this National Historic Landmark was one of the first things an escaped slave might see after crossing the river. Forever immortalized in Uncle Tom's Cabin, it has been diligently restored to how it would have appeared in the days before the Civil War. More information can be found from the OHC or from Ripley Heritage Inc.

The Ripley Museum


A sprawling resource for historians and genealogists alike, this former Federal-style home now serves as a repository for over 150 years of river-town history.  Open year-round by appointment, details can be found on the village of Ripley's website.

Bailey House Bed and Breakfast

Built for a family friend of the Grant's in 1832, the Bailey House has served as Georgetown's premier accommodation for over 20 years. One of the oldest homes in the area, it's located just a block away from the Grant homestead and the historic town square. Information and reservations can be made here.

Georgetown Veterans Home

Located just outside of town, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services operates a hospital and nursing home for local veterans. The grounds feature a brass statue of US Grant, which combined with the Native Son statue in the square, makes Georgetown one of only two places in the world to have more than one statue of Grant, the other being Washington DC. Directions and more information can be found on the Veterans Services website

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Gist Settlement

Formed in the early 1800's, the settlement of Gist was comprised of 1,100 acres divided between 150 freed slaves from Virginia. Descendants still live there today, and members of the 5th United States Colored Troops are buried in the Carthagenia cemetery. There is one Historic Marker, which can be located from Remarkable Ohio.

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The Squirrel Hunters 

Located in front the Ripley Library at 27 Main Street, this Historic Marker commemorates the impromptu defense of Cincinnati in September of 1862. The text of both sides can be read on Remarkable Ohio, and the official USGHA write-up



Ripley Civil War Sites

Several civil war sites can be seen in Ripley, including a cannon that defended the town from Morgan's Raid, a Soldier & Sailor monument where Reverend John Rankin and many Civil War veterans are buried, and a freedom monument on the banks of the Ohio River.

Bethel Historical Society

Housed in the Grant Memorial building on the corner of Main and Plane street, the museum is open the first and third Saturday of the month, and Society meetings are every third Wednesday of each month. For more information, including special exhibits and membership, visit their website.


Shuster's Mill

Built in 1843 by Edward Thompson as the second of three mills in the area, it ran faithfully for over 40 years as the 'Tunnel Mill'. A mile South of Georgetown, it has been the subject of an intensive renovation project. Purchased in 2012 by Ken and Judy Klosterman, the outside of the structure has been restored to its original appearance, and the inside is nearing completion. While on private property, the mill can be viewed from the road. Directions and a brief history can be found here.

Photo courtesy of   OZinOH

Photo courtesy of OZinOH

Rosemary Clooney House

Located in Augusta Kentucky, this historic building is a brief drive along the Ohio River from Georgetown. Open to the public since 2005,  this museum acts to preserve the home and memorabilia of local actress and vocalist from the golden age of Hollywood. To schedule a tour, please visit their website.



Tri-State Warbirds

A few miles west on OH-32, the Tri-State Warbird museum quietly works to preserve and restore more than a dozen aircraft and vehicles from WWII. Open Saturdays and Wednesdays, it is one of the few facilities of its kind in the country. For information on tours and private parties, visit their website.


Additional Sites of Interest -

Chatfield College and the Brown County Ursulines, St.Martin

Gaslight Theatre, Georgetown

Georgetown Village Square, Georgetown

Augusta Ferry, Higginsport

Decatur Park and 70th OVI Monument

Dedicated in 1906 to the men and officers of the 70th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, the statue stands proudly over the public park and commons. One of the oldest villages in Brown County, it's town square serves as a memorial for the 265 casualties taken during the regiment's service. Open to the public from dawn-to-dusk, the park marks the ending point for a parade every Memorial Day, and a spot for concerts in the spring and fall. Additionally, the grounds host a Historical Marker.



Ripley Tobacco Museum

Built in the 1850's as a Federal and Georgian style home, the museum was opened to the public in 1988. The only one of its kind in the state, it documents the history and contributions of Brown county to tobacco development and production.

Tours are available to the public by donation, visit their website for more information.

Photo courtesy of  refmo

Photo courtesy of refmo

Quilt Barn Trail

Brown County is home to at least 19 quilt barns, all of which can be seen from public roads. Many of the patterns belong to family quilts, which have been passed down over generations of use. Brown County is a member of the Ohio Clothesline of Quilts and has an official listing and map. Further reading can be found at Ohio Magazine


Additional Sites of Interest

Genealogical Society & Old Jail -Georgetown, E Cherry and S Apple

Red Oak Church & Aunt Jemima Gravesite - Ripley, US 68 and Hartman

Dixon-Washburn Cabin - Georgetown, Fairgrounds

Eliza Harris Crossing - Ripley, Front Street. An in-depth look can be found here


Further reading about the Land of Grant can be found here and here

A complete listing of Brown County Civil War memorials can be found here