Ripley, Jackson County, West Virginia
Ripley, West Virginia, the seat of Jackson county, is a town of about 3,300 souls located in the beautiful Appalachian foothills, about 39 miles northeast of Charleston. It lies at the junction of Interstate 77 (north to south) and U.S. Hwy. 33 (east to west.) The town was named in honor of Harry Ripley, a circuit riding Methodist minister who lost his life crossing Mill Creek about three miles south of the town site in 1830. The town of Ripley was officially established on December 19, 1832.
Jackon County, with a population of around 28,000, is bordered on the West by the Ohio River and the state of Ohio. The county is named for Andrew Jackson, 8th President of the United States.