Monday, October 22, 2012

A Million Dollar View


While working in Georgetown, Nick and I stopped to chat with a local who told us about the Rankin House in nearby Ripley.  He described it as having a "million dollar view."  The house itself is fairly humble, but its location on a hilltop overlooking the Ohio River gives it a spectacular vista.

The house belonged to Reverend John Rankin and was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.  Roughly 2,000 escaped slaves stayed with the Rankin family on their way to freedom.  Harriet Beecher Stowe heard the story of one particular runaway mother and child and included it in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Side Note: There was a pile of green fruit on the back porch that looked like a cross between a Granny Smith and an orange.  The lady working at the house told us that they were called Hedge Apples and that some people believe that they keep insects away.  She didn't seem too convinced herself.  They smelled great to me, very citrus-like.

The view from the back of the house was pretty nice too.

 

 

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