Roxanne is a senior at Rock Point School in Burlington, and recently spent time interning at Rokeby. Says Glassenberg, “Working at Rokeby placed me smack dab in the middle of an incredible collection of artifacts from Vermont’s storied past, and each and every one of the artifacts had a story that I got to be a part of.”
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 historic home 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. Guided tours of the historic home and outbuildings are available Friday–Monday, with tours at 11 am and 2 pm. Tours last approximately one hour.
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.
To maintain a safe environment for all visitors and staff, masks are strongly encouraged within the education center and required within the historic home.
Did you know that we have hiking trails? Our trails are open daylight hours year-round. Please note — A portion of Rokeby’s trails are closed during mud season. Please follow signage and help protect our trails.
Rokeby Museum offers a variety of educational learning experiences for elementary, middle, high-school, college and homeschool students. In addition, museum staff welcome requests from lifelong learning groups and businesses. Education programs are now offered year-round!