Blue and Gray Trail
Ripley is a stop along the Blue and Gray Trail, a highway which extends from the Great Lakes State of Michigan to the Atlantic Ocean, along U.S. 33. The highway has been so designated because of the many sites on it which have a connection with America's Civil War.
On the courthouse square in Ripley is a monument to the Union Soldiers from Jackson County who served in the War Between the States. Also, you will find interpretative signage which tells the story of local involvements during the war.
Confederate and Union troops both traveled across Jackon County during the war. On Sept. 3, 1863, General Albert Jenkins, while on a Confederate Calvary raid through central West Virginia, entered Ripley with about 500 men. They took provisions from local busineses and relieved a U.S. military paymaster of $5,525, an enormous sum at that time. The next morning they moved on to Ravenswood and then corssed into Ohio.
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A Town Full of Pride and Patriotism
Ripley is known for the largest Fourth of July celebration in West Virginia. The community's Independence Day festivities, which draw thousands of people each year, has been featured as the 'largest small town celebration' in America on the NBC TODAY Show. On July 4, 2002 the special guest for their celebration was the Comander-in-Chief himself, President George W. Bush.
Ripley's patriotic pride shows through more than just on July 4th. On the Jackson County Courthouse square in downtown Ripley you will see a monuments, banners and a memorial to Jackson County Veterans who have served in defense of their country. Flags on the site represent the various branches of the U.S. armed forces.
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Children's Day in Ripley (annual event)
In Ripley, they are always having something to do on the Courthouse lawn. This is there annual Children's Day event. They had different games located on the lawn for the kids to play and they had some cartoon characters walking around enjoying the kids.
The fire Department was there showing the kids the trucks and allowing them to climb on them. There is food, music and games and usually last about 4-6 hours.
Courthouse lawn to listen to music
We have special events and functions that take place on our courthouse lawn. They play music at the gazebo, sit up displays on the lawn like car shows, vendors, sales, etc.
it is a very nice little town.
Go to the POOL in the summer
We like to go to the pool n the summer. Our Pool is only $2 for kids and $3.50 for adults..
The hours are short, but we enjoy it.
we have picnic tables w/shelters and we have two diving boards and a nice water slide.
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