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The Ohio Tobacco Museum, created in 1988, is a testament to the importance of tobacco in the growth of industry in the United States of America. The museum is located in a two-story brick home formerly owned by the Espey family and built in the 1850s. A visit to the museum allows visitors to take a walk through several buildings that house both tobacco memorabilia and equipment.


  • The Ohio Tobacco Museum was constructed in the Federal and Georgian types of architecture by the Epsey family, who produced munitions.
  • White Burley Tobacco Monument was dedicated in August 1964 and can be viewed at the Ohio Tobacco Museum. The primary market for this type of tobacco was Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • The Ohio Tobacco Museum sign can be seen clearly from the road.
  • An example of a tobacco field.

The museum contains several rooms, each representing a different part of tobacco history or products. The Hall of Fame contains information about people who made significant contributions to the tobacco industry. The History Room displays diverse relics from tobacco history. In the Stripping Room, guests learn about details of the stripping process, from curing tobacco to transporting it. The Tobacco Farm room shows how tobacco is grown and harvested and contains a replica of a tobacco barn. The second floor of the building houses several types of artifacts pertaining to the offshoots of the tobacco industry like pipes, cigars, and ashtrays.

The Ohio Tobacco Museum works to preserve the history of the historic crop that was once this region's lifeblood. In particular, the "THANK YOU FOR SMOKING" sign on top of the mantle touches upon the importance of tobacco in American history and how much times have changed.

Ripley's History. Ripley Ohio. Accessed July 24, 2018. http://www.ripleyohio.net/htm/rh.htm.

Ohio Tobacco Museum. Ohio History Central. Accessed July 24, 2018. http://ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Ohio_Tobacco_Museum?rec=3128.

Tamborski. Accessed July 24, 2018. http://tamborski.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/TB3.jpg. Photo source.

The Ohio Tobacco Museum. Ripley Ohio. Accessed July 24, 2018. http://www.ripleyohio.net/htm/museums.htm.