From Ohio History Central
The Lawrence County Historical Society operates the Lawrence County Museum in Ironton, Ohio.
The Lawrence County Museum is located in the Colonel George S. Gray House. Gray served in both the Fifty-Third Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the United States Navy during the American Civil War. Elizabeth Ferguson originally owned the home, which was built in the style of an Italian villa in 1870. Elizabeth Gray, wife of Colonel Gray, acquired the home in 1878, and the Gray family eventually made several additions to the home, including a bay window, a tower, and a greenhouse. Elizabeth Gray was the granddaughter of abolitionist John Rankin. Rankin died in this home in 1886.
In 1988, the Lawrence County Historical Society acquired the Colonel George S. Gray House. The home then became the Lawrence County Museum. One of the museum's permanent displays includes furniture pieces that belonged to Rankin.