“Ross uses the reality of slavery in the North to illustrate the ways by which societies forget their past — whether on purpose or by neglect.” — Rokeby Museum’s Joan Gorman in her review of “Slavery in the North,” by Mark Howard Ross
Rokeby Museum’s 2021 season exhibit explores the career of Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878–1919) and her early twentieth-century success as a professional illustrator. Exhibit is open May 30–October 24, 2021.
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 ongoing preservation work in 2021, tours of the historic home are not available at this time, but outside guided site tours are available.
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. Please note — A portion of Rokeby’s trails are closed during mud season. Please follow signage and help protect our trails.
A great way to spend the day with your co-workers, family reunion, or traveling partners. Group tours are welcome and must be reserved in advance. Discounted rates available for Groups of 15 or more. Contact us to discuss special guided programs.