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Whipps Ledges Robert Whipp Hinckley Ohio Historical Society

A fortune made & lost, a lonely widower, and a murder plot.

A popular destination for picnicking, hiking, biking, scenic views, and rock climbing, Whipp’s Ledges in Hinckley Reservation is named after a landowner whose rocky ending matches its challenging terrain.

Robert Whipp, born in England in 1824, married the Widow Waite of Hinckley in 1849 and came to live on her farm. His butchering business prospered and he bought many farms using the houses to shelter stock.

The Panic of 1873, a financial crisis triggering economic collapse in Europe and North America lasting until 1877, found Whipp heavily in debt. His problem multiplied when his wife of almost 30 years passed away. It would get worse.

In 1877, he married a girl 30 years his junior. After only a month of marriage, his wife, her lover and her brother dragged him from his bed and tried to strangle him with a rope. He escaped and managed to reach a neighbor.

The would-be murderers were brought to trial. The lover was not convicted because Whipp could not positively identify him. The wife and her brother were sentenced to seven years at hard labor.

Fast forward to 2019. Hinckley was named the safest place to live in Ohio, thanks to our police and policies protecting us. Learn Hinckley history! Follow the Hinckley OH Historical Society Facebook page.

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