Historic homes open house planned for Sept. 30 in Ripley

By Jane Matthews/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – Ripley Main Street Association and the Historic Preservation Commission of Ripley plan to showcase a number of houses and buildings located in Ripley’s downtown area designated as Ripley’s Historic District and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ripley Main Street Director Libbi Bryant-Bennett and Historic Preservation Commission President Josh Behm have planned an open house on Sunday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. to give residents and visitors an opportunity to see several recently renovated homes and businesses, and see to-be-renovated homes that are for sale.
“Our objective is to hold the open house to encourage visitors to invest in Ripley by purchasing distressed property for the purpose of renovation,” Bryant-Bennett said. “We have planned contractors, craftsmen, and preservation specialists to be available for questions and suggestions.”
Tickets will be $10 with proceeds going to HPC and RMSA for a renovation project.
A map will be available, and approximately 12 houses will be on the tour. Also many previously renovated homes in the area will be visible to show visitors how homeowners of the renovated and restored homes are saving the residential area and preserving the city’s early lifestyle.
“This is an exciting project,” Behm said. “I am thrilled to be involved with it and other events for the city of Ripley. I plan to see the area, so well based on its history, grow and hope more people will become involved with the local architectural history.”
Information forms for homeowners and real estate agents wishing to participate are available at the Main Street office.
To reserve a ticket, call (662) 512-0226, or email ripleymain street@dixie-net.com.