The two-story brick house is of Federal and Georgian style architecture.  This 1850s home was once owned by the Espey family.  Mr. Espey worked for Heavy Munition Works in Cincinnati, the company that produced Ripley’s three cannons for protection during the Civil War.  The historic home became the site of the Ohio Tobacco Museum in 1988 and stands as the only such museum in the state of Ohio.  The contents of the museum have been provided through public and private donations and represent the story of Ripley’s unique southern Ohio agricultural history.

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