The House

A significant part of the Museum’s collection is on permanent display in 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. So, although interiors are densely packed with family belongings and vividly evoke the individuals who once lived here, they lack the decorative flourishes of fashionable abodes. The Robinsons were less interested in keeping up with the latest styles than they were with the meaning of their faith, the reform movements of the antebellum era, and the price of wool, butter, and apples. Later generations shared a love of the natural world, literature, and art.

Visitors encounter each of the four generations of Robinsons on their own terms — and in their own spaces. The house tour is an intimate experience, limited to twelve guests, and shepherded by an expert guide, who is ready and able to answer questions. House tours last about 45 minutes to an hour and are offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:00 and 2:00. Larger groups may reserve house tours in advance.