About Rokeby

“unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity and the poignancy of the stories it tells.”

From 1793 to 1961, Rokeby was home to four generations of Robinsons — a remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors. Today, the Robinson family’s home is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby is among the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the county, one the National Park Service has described as:

“unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity
and the poignancy of the stories it tells.”

Telling those stories is at the center of the Museum’s mission, which is to “connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad and with the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.” Guided by Rachel Gilpin and Rowland Thomas Robinson’s commitment to speaking truth to power, today’s Rokeby is committed to serving as a center for the exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues.

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Join us this Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 pm for a special “Mending Fences” virtual program: “Reading Ourselves into Insight.”

When Vermont artist Carol MacDonald conceived of Mending Fences, she saw much around her in need of repair. While working on the exhibit she listened to Ta-Nehisi Coates and exploring understandings of racism in society. 

Join Rokeby Musem volunteers and staff in a book-sharing conversation. Bring a book that explores themes of repair, racism, and history to recommend, or just join to gather titles for your winter reading.

This will be an FREE open forum via ZOOM, but please register in advance at www.rokeby.org (link in bio). Books titles discussed will be collected and emailed to participants.

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Join us this Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm for a special “Mending Fences” virtual program: “This is My Approach to Repair.”

Carol MacDonald’s exhibit explores the idea of repair in history  and society today. From environmental practices to confronting racism, her work evokes questions on how to repair society.

Join a panel of experts who will discuss the concept of repair as intrinsic to their work and ways you can incorporate repair into your own life.

Panelists include: Stephanie Seguino, Professor of Economics at UVM; Rev. Robert W. Fisher, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC; Safronia Perry, Hope Station, Carlisle, PA.

This FREE event will be virtual via ZOOM. Please register in advance at www.rokeby.org (link in bio)

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The Rokeby Museum Distance Drawing Course is LIVE on our website! This week, Education and Interpretation Fellow Allison Gregory will give her perspective about working on this project. Many art classes are not meeting in person yet, so @clinton.courtney will help you learn to correct your work through some helpful tips.

Don't forget to use #RokebyDistanceDrawing and #DrawingWithRachael when posting your works!
A sneak peek into next week's Rokeby Museum Distance Drawing Course. @clinton.courtney will be teaching you how to learn from your mistakes. Our Education and Interpretation Fellow, Allison Gregory, will also make an appearance on the blog to give you her perspective.

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We are thrilled to announce that Lindsay Houpt-Varner, PhD, will lead Rokeby as its first full-time director. Lindsay comes to Rokeby after four years at Cumberland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania, where she led initiatives in preservation, heritage, and community engagement with history and the humanities. 

Lindsay brings to us an impressive array of skills, successful projects, and achievements — all of which are a perfect fit for this moment in our history. Her passion for the untold stories in history and a clear understanding of the significance of diversity in today’s community are both very important to Rokeby’s mission. Lindsay believes museums are the places to ask what stories have been told so far, and how those stories must include previously silenced voices.

Here is what Lindsay herself says: 

“When I read about Rokeby Museum, I was in awe at the site’s history and commitment to the community and societal change. The Robinson family’s history of abolition, agriculture, and art is compelling and the site provides the unique opportunity to tell a family’s story within the broader scope of American history, while also using this history as a platform to discuss contemporary issues. I am honored to be chosen as the next director of the site and excited to start working alongside the wonderful individuals who support the Museum.” 

Lindsay will assume her role as director starting September 21st and we hope you all will help welcome her to the Rokeby community!

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Together We Make a Difference — Outgoing director Catherine Brooks reflects on her three years at the helm of Rokeby Museum and shares her thoughts about the Museum’s impact. Stories told and conversations started at Rokeby leave us all with more insight, with more knowledge, and more intent to make the world a better place. Read her reflection on our blog (link in bio).

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