Join us on Sunday, October 25, from 2:00–4:00 pm for the closing reception of Carol MacDonald’s exhibit, “Mending Fences: New Works by Carol MacDonald.” To maintain social distancing, pre-registration is required. Please call 802.877.3406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Today’s readers will find both enjoyment and discomfort in Rowland Evans Robinson’s writings. Rokeby feels that Vermont poet and R.E.R. editor and enthusiast David Budbill (1940–2016) explores these dichotomies best in his preface to “Danvis Tales: Selected Stories by Rowland E. Robinson.”
Mending Fences is a multifaceted exhibition of objects, monotypes, & site-specific installations that — in the face of complex cultural challenges — promotes both simple & profound acts of repair. The exhibition will include environmental and gallery installations of works inspired by Rokeby Museum artifacts & archives.
This stunning 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 home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.
Help Rokeby connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad & the lives of the four generations of Robinsons who lived here from 1793–1961. Guided by Rachel Gilpin & Rowland Thomas Robinson’s commitment to speaking truth to power, today’s Rokeby is committed to serving as a center for exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues.
Rokeby Museum presents a nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience. A major 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.
Take a virtual tour of this stunning exhibit that chronicles the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830s. Would you like to have your own private virtual tour? Email to make arrangements.
Even in light of this difficult time and unknown future, support continues to come to Rokeby. Donations, memberships and words of encouragement. It all makes a difference. Thank you.
While our season is coming to an end, we’ve decided to add some extra opportunities for you to visit! Starting Oct. 31st we’ll be open weekends from 10am–4pm until December 6th. During this time you can visit our exhibit “Free & Safe,” explore the farm’s outbuildings, and wander the interpretive trail.