Over the next few months, we’re going to introduce you to our staff and a few volunteers. Joan Gorman is our seasonal Visitor Center Coordinator. In the winter months, she volunteers at Rokeby helping with collections management. In her post, she shares her journey to Rokeby to “begin a new career.”
March 16, 6:30 pm — Join Rokeby Museum for a discussion of Vermont’s beloved writer & illustrator Rowland Evans Robinson (1833–1900). Dean Leary, a long-time reader of Robinson’s work, will share knowledge about the writer and lead a discussion of Robinson’s nature, history and fiction writing.
After the success of our virtual book-sharing discussion group last month, we’ve decided to start a Winter Season Book Group. Join us each month, January–April for FREE virtual discussions about four powerful books. Registration in advance is required.
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.
The house tour is an intimate experience, during which visitors encounter the stories of all four generations of the Robinsons on their own terms — and in their own spaces. Due to COVID-19, house tours are not available at this time, but check back. An alternative experience may be available soon.
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.
At Rokeby Museum, volunteers are integral to helping us achieve our mission. There are so many ways to get involved at Rokeby. From tours, collections work, or trail maintenance, there is something for all interests and skills.
Did you know that we have hiking trails? Our trails are open daylight hours year-round. We have a Trail Map and interpretive brochure for the trail so you can learn as you hike!
Rokeby Museum is seeking a part-time Education Programs Manager to facilitate programs utilizing the Museum’s collections and exhibits. The Education Programs Manager will design, develop, implement, promote, and evaluate education programs that meet the mission of Rokeby Museum.