Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont

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. Its innovative use of audio recordings and museum theater combines with historic texts, documents, and images to bring Simon and Jesse vividly to life. There is nothing else like Free & Safe in the northeast. These are just a few of the glowing comments made by visitors to Free & Safe in its first season:

“Oh my goodness! What an amazing exhibit! We stayed for two hours. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this most important piece of history. I loved it.”


“I think this place is amazing and moving.”


“Fantastically conceived, developed, delivered! Thank you.”

Important Underground Railroad Resources

Friends of Freedom: The Vermont Underground Railroad Survey Report by Raymond Paul Zirblis
Betsy Ross Redux: The Underground Railroad “Quilt Code” by Leigh Fellner
The Vermont African American Heritage Trail
The North Star Underground Railroad Museum,
Ausable Chasm, NY