Built on a cut sandstone-block foundation on top of an Indian mound, this prim-and-proper, gable-fronted brick house recalls its New England heritage. Its Greek Revival details, executed in brick, include gable-end cornice returns and a raking cornice above, all painted white.
Zopher D. Ramsdell, a New England boot maker, came to Ceredo at Thayer's request to become part of the abolitionist colony. His house, at the edge of a steep bluff overlooking the Ohio River, is said to have served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, housing fugitive slaves until they could attempt to cross the river to freedom on the opposite shore. The Ramsdell House is now a museum.