One of the places I wanted most to see was Ripley, Ohio. Our closest-to-home town is Ripley, WV so it seemed only fitting to visit its Ohio namesake. I knew that this Ohio Ripley was once a big tobacco town too. Back in the 1980's we grew tobacco and the history of the plant in this region interests me still.
|The Belle if Cincinnati passed by as we ate at a riverside cafe.|
|I remember my sons having "Pride in Tobacco ball caps|
when we grew tobacco.
One of Ripley's past residents who is likely familiar to many people was Rosa Washington Riles, who was born in Red Oak (just north of Ripley) and is buried there. She was one of the "Aunt Jemima" personages recruited by Quaker Oats and toured the country playing that role. The Red Oak Presbyterian Church, in whose cemetery she is buried, was an important place on the Underground Railroad.
|"Out of Staters Welcome" sign made us feel, well...welcome!|
A few sights around town:
We did not have time to visit the tobacco museum, or Rosa's grave, or to see the homes of the town's famous abolitionists, so we are already planning another visit. There are other towns in the area we need to go back to see as well. Road trip coming up!
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