Introduction to Ripley, Tennessee
Ripley was named in honor of Eleazor Wheelock Ripley, a general in the War of 1812. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County, which was founded in 1818. The Confederate States Army established a fort in the county in 1861 and named it after General Gideon J. Pillow. In 1864, the Union Army took over the fort.
CRipley and nearby Attractions
- Ripley Plaza Shopping Center
- Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
- Alex Haley Home & Museum
- Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
- Fort Pillow State Park
- Six Flags St Louis
Things To Do In Ripley
Ripley offers a wide variety of opportunities for recreation. One can visit the Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge and the Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge while in Ripley. The Alex Haley Home & Museum is also a popular local historical site. The Rolling Hills Country Club provides facilities for golfers. One can shop at the Ripley Plaza Shopping Center. Local celebrations include Harvest Days and the Tomato Festival.
Flights are available from Memphis International Airport.
Ripley Higher Education
The Tennessee Technology Center at Ripley is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Southwest Tennessee Community College-Macon Campus, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus and the University of Memphis.