Located at the intersection of Interstate 77 and Route 33, Ripley is a quaint and attractive community that serves as the seat of Jackson County government.
Thousands of visitors are attracted to the areas annual Fourth of July celebration, which is know as the "Biggest small town Fourth of July celebration in the United States." Ripley is also home of the annual Mountain State Arts and Crafts Fair held at Cedar Lakes Conference Center.
Ripley was officially established on December 19, 1832 and named the Jackson County seat. 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 Ripley in 1830. The establishment of Ripley immediately became appealing to many who wanted build a permanent settlement in the area.
Today the community of Ripley has an array of stores, motels, banks, churches and various residential neighborhoods. Several businesses such as Pichney Aluminum and the Jackson County Board of Education function as major employers in the area.
Fast facts-- 2000 Census Data
Average Household Size: 2.17
Fairplain Elementary School
Ripley Elementary School
Ripley Middle School
Ripley High School
The Jackson County Courthouse in Ripley