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The homes of Civil War General Ripley

I enjoyed reading the recent article about Brevet Brig. Gen. Edward Hastings Ripley.. and thought you might enjoy seeing some relatively recent photographs of the Ripley family home The Center. Actually, it was the home of William Young Ripley (father of E.H. and W.Y.W.) and his family from 1837. The house is located on the northside of Route 4 in Center Rutland opposite the entrance to Carris Reels. The Ripley family sold the house upon the death of Mrs. Ripley to the Vermont Marble Co. and it was used for a number of years as an athletic club for its employees. It has now been divided up into apartments. The large veranda which enclosed three sides of the house is gone as are the elegant gardens... (Gen. Ripleys) favorite horse Old Johnwhich served with him during the Civil Waris buried in Mendon next to Sugar and Spice Restaurant. The grave being marked with a large boulder with epitaph. This property is where E.H. Ripley and his family had an extensive leisure home. The Rutland unit of the Vermont Dept. of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Camp 4, is called Camp Ripley in remembrance of the two Ripleys. David F. Cross, M.D. Ferrisburgh

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