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    What to the Negro is the 4th of July?

    We will gather at Rokeby Museum at 3:00 pm on Sunday, July 3 to join together in a community reading of Frederick Doulgass’s most famous speech. Asked to deliver a 4th of July oration, Douglass refused. Instead, he delivered his powerful… Read More

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    Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture, 1820–1835

    Quaker Made: Vermont Furniture, 1820–1835 presents a unique collection of furniture crafted by Quaker cabinetmaker Stephen Foster Stevens, along with his account books, photographs, and other personal items. Born to Quaker parents and trained by another Friend, Stevens… Read More

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    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

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    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.