Events for 2016!

20th Anniversary Season-1996 to 2016.

February-Black History Month with displays at Maysville Kroger and Symmes Township Senior Center.

April 17Annual Meeting -2 PM- Robert Newman is the speaker.

May 1- Seasons opens! Friday, Saturday from 10 to 5 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM.

June 4 Parker House Tag Sale-Think of items to donate.

June-John P. Parker History Camp- for grades 3, 4, and 5.

JulyNew Signage in the Parker Park and new audio equipment in the Parker Museum.

October 31Season ends.

December 1 Holiday Forest of Lights Program at 7 PM.

Call 937-392-4188 for more details on any of these events!


Parker House Events – 2015!

The John P. Parker Historical Society will be featuring several events at the Parker House at 300 N. Front Street in Ripley, Ohio during the month of April.

  • O Sunday, April 19 at 2.p.m. the public is invited to hear Ann Hagedorn, acclaimed author, speak on John Parker’s life entitled “John Parker Then and Now.” Ann has agreed to have a book signing after the talk. Light refreshments will be served.
  •  April 24 & 25 the Parker House will be open from 10-5 to the general public and persons who are taking part in the Geo Freedom Trail. The Geo Freedom Trail has been organized by AFK Geocaching. The trail will have caching points located in Hamilton Co., Clermont Co. and Brown County. There will be 18 caching points on the Geo Freedom Trail. The John Parker House will be one of the points on the trail as well as the Rankin House in Ripley. The other points in Brown Co. will be in Georgetown at the Grant Statue, the Grant Boyhood Home and Grant School House. This is the first time that the Parker House has taken part in a geo caching event. Search the website to take part in or just find out more about the event.
  • Friday May 1 the Parker House Museum will officially open for the 2015 season.
    • The Parker House is open May through October each Friday & Saturday from 10 to 5 p.m. and on each Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
    • The Parker House is open all other days by appointment.
    • Call 937-392-4481 or 937-392-4404 for an appointment.

The Parker House has displays featuring the life of John Parker. John Parker was born a slave, bought his own freedom, was an abolitionist, an inventor, entrepreneur and a true American hero.

The Parker House at 300 N. Front Street in Ripley invites you to come visit this National Historic Landmark.


Calendar of Events- 2015

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TENTH HOLIDAY FOREST OF LIGHTS-Dec. 1-Jan 1 2O15- Donor and Honorees

Trees are sponsored in Memory or in Honor of loved ones.

In Memory of Abolitionist:


By: John P. Parker Historical Society, Inc.

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Renactment Program at the Parker Park: October 11!


Join 20 costumed actors in Ripley for this re-enactment event to be put on in the Parker Park on Saturday, October 11 at 2 p.m.

The program is called “Faces of Freedom: Preserving the Stories of the Underground Railroad.” Admission is $10 and  is by reservation.

Reservations can be made by calling the John Parker House at  937-392-4188.

Read more about the event here:

More about the actors and the program here:


Parker House May Become Part of the National Park System

On  7-15-14 Senator Sherrod Brown introduced Senate Bill #S. 2610 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability & feasibility of establishing the John P. Parker House in Ripley, Ohio as a unit of the National Park System. Congresswoman Beatty will introduce a companion bill in the House of Representatives and Congresswoman Fudge will co-sponsor that bill.


The Conductor: Promo of New Film

Take a look at this wonderful dramatic promo for a new documentary film project on John P Parker. The film will present Parker’s life in his own words based on his autobiography “His Promised Land”.

Peter Huston and William Turpie are producers. This film project is a cooperative venture between FilmAffects, MediaDesign Newssource, WGTE PBS Toledo,
and the John P Parker Historical Society.You can find more about the film at the website:

View the Promo:
The Conductor: Promo


Ripley and John Parker Featured: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: MAPPING HISTORY App from PBS Now Available

For those of you watching the “Abolitionists”, there is a wonderful new app featuring Ripley and John Parker. Read portions of the press release below:


Exclusively on the App Store

BOSTON, MA  — American Experience: Mapping History, a free app from PBS that allows users to explore events, characters and locations connected to the anti-slavery movement on their iPhone or iPod touch, is now available on the App Store. The app engages communities around their local history, expanding upon the stories told in the three-part television series The Abolitionists, and connecting them to real geographic locations. It brings events from the past to life and integrates them into present-day American cities. The Abolitionists premieres on Tuesdays, January 8, 15 and 22, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS.


Developed with innovative technology from public media history platform HistoryPin, the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: MAPPING HISTORY App allows users to relive the history of the abolitionist movement by exploring places central to the nation’s anti-slavery efforts. Users can retrace the steps taken by 10,000 freed slaves as they celebrated in Charleston, S.C. shortly after Robert E. Lee’s surrender. In Nantucket, watch a video clip from The Abolitionists in which Frederick Douglass (Richard Brooks) tells William Lloyd Garrison (Neal Huff) the moving story of his childhood spent in slavery. In Philadelphia, layer an image of Pennsylvania Hall engulfed in flames over the structure that stands there today, and see how it has transformed over time.

Key features of the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: MAPPING HISTORY App include curated walking tours of Boston, Charleston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, where users can find the most significant locations, read about their histories, and superimpose archival images over the street views of those same locations today. Over 30 video clips from The Abolitionists are available in locations ranging from Maine to Kansas.

The AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: MAPPING HISTORY App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at

American Experience has worked with hundreds of museums, libraries, archives and public television stations to populate the map with geo-tagged historical photos and documents. The public is invited to upload their own content via the website with the goal of creating a map that reflects the shared history of the movement and its indelible mark on local communities and the nation.


Abolitionists on PBS: January 8, 2012

The Abolitionists will air this week on PBS. Ripley, and  John Parker are featured on a map on the companion website here:


Browse Historic Ripley Online

A new map of Historic Ripley has been published! The map highlights many or Ripley’s historic buildings, and includes historical information as well as photos,  which you can view just with a click. Also works great on mobile devices, so learn about our town as you drive through! .