• Picturing Frederick Douglass — John Staffer

    Picturing Frederick Douglass — John Stauffer

    Sunday, July 23, 3:00 pm — Did you know that Frederick Douglass was the most photographed person of the 19th century? Douglass scholar John Stauffer will present some of the 160 known photographs from his new book, Picturing Frederick Douglass. 

  • Yours in the Cause: Faces of Radical Abolition

    Yours in the Cause: Faces of Radical Abolition

    Thousands of Americans banded together to overthrow slavery in the decades before the Civil War, including the Robinsons of Rokeby and the abolitionists featured in this insightful exhibition that explores their ideas and actions. Rarely seen historic photographs… Read More

  • Pie & Ice Cream Social

    Pie & Ice Cream Social

    Sunday, August 13, 1–4 pm — Who can resist homemade pie and ice cream? Not you! So grab a friend and head to Rokeby for music, chat — and pie! This great tradition features homemade pies of every type — plain… Read More

  • Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont

    This stunning new exhibit chronicles the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830s. Free & Safe traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinsons who called Rokeby… Read More

  • The House

    We take our cues from the Robinsons when sharing the site with visitors, especially on the house tour. As Quakers, the Robinsons were subject to the “testimony of simplicity,” which dictated plainness in language, dress, and household furnishings…. Read More


Rokeby Museum presents a nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience.
A major new exhibit — Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont — brings the Underground Railroad vividly to life. Focused on Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter here in the 1830s, the exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. The historic house — fully furnished with 200 years of domestic belongings — provides an intimate glimpse into the family’s life through four generations. Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby retains nine historic farm buildings filled with agricultural artifacts. Acres of pastoral landscape dotted with old wells, stone walls, and historic orchards invite a leisurely stroll or a hike up the trail. Picnic tables accommodate lunch outdoors.