Take a Drive down Historic Highway 52.
E. Todd Fowler – Butler County Connect
Just a short drive from Butler County is historic U.S. Route 52. Historic U.S. Route 52 was one of the first and longest roads in our highway system. It stretches from North Dakota to South Carolina. Winding through big cities and tiny burgs. U.S. Highway 52 is a historic journey, no matter which part you travel. On the east side of Cincinnati, the historic roadway shows travelers a glimpse into Presidential history and a major hub on the Underground Railroad. The scenic views of the Ohio River are tremendous. This could turn out to be one of your favorite day trips from Butler County Ohio.
Grants Birthplace and Bridge.
Point Pleasant is the first stop along the scenic route. Free parking is available on both sides of the highway. The site is Ulysses S. Grant’s birthplace. It was April 22, 1822, and Hiram U. Grant was born! That’s right! His name was changed through a clerical error and forever stands as Ulysses S. Grant. President Grant was born in Point Pleasant Ohio, his family moving within a year of his birth to Georgetown Ohio. During the Civil War, Grant, a West Point graduate was appointed as General by President Lincoln. Grant later went on to win the election to become the 18th President of the United States. He was a soldier, politician, and international statesman.
The Ohio Historical Society operates the tours and location. https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-and-site-locator/us-grant-birthplace
Ripley Ohio was a hub for The Underground Railroad
Historical accounts of the bravery and courageous families of Ripley Ohio displayed is remarkable and worth the drive on this day trip from Butler County Ohio. The Parkers and the Rankins are two families whose acts of courage changed the course of the history of our Nation and over 2,000 freed slaves. The self-guided tour starts along the banks of the Ohio River where you will find signs and markers describing acts of freedom displayed by the brave men and woman of Ripley Ohio. Looking north from the banks of the Ohio River you see the Rankin house on the hill overlooking the river and the city of Ripley Ohio. The John Rankin House is a National Historic Landmark. It stood as a beacon of freedom to slaves who had just crossed the Ohio River. The John Rankin house is a drive up the hill. The park is managed by the Ohio historical society. There is free parking, a newly built gift house, and the John Rankin house. Tours are available for a fee. The views and grounds are free to explore. Once you leave the site, travel to the other side of Ripley and visit the grave site of John Rankin and family at Maplewood Cemetery. The grave is located on your right as you enter the cemetery off State Route 52. For more information visit https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/museum-and-site-locator/john-rankin-house.