About Rokeby

“unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity and the poignancy of the stories it tells.”

From 1793 to 1961, Rokeby was home to four generations of Robinsons — a remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors. Today, the Robinson family’s home is a National Historic Landmark, designated for its exceptional Underground Railroad history. Rokeby is among the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the county, one the National Park Service has described as:

“unrivaled among known sites for its historical integrity
and the poignancy of the stories it tells.”

Telling those stories is at the center of the Museum’s mission, which is to “connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad and with the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.” Guided by Rachel Gilpin and Rowland Thomas Robinson’s commitment to speaking truth to power, today’s Rokeby is committed to serving as a center for the exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues.

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It's a bit windy at Rokeby Museum today, so it seems fitting to share a sketch that depicts just how we feel! 
"The Madness of March Hair" by Rowland Evans Robinson. c.1870, Rokeby Museum Collection
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We're celebrating the first day of Women's History Month with an animated image of Rachel Gilpin Robinson thanks to a new AI program from My Heritage. 
Rachel was born into a prosperous Quaker household in 1799. She married Rowland T. Robinson in 1820 and lived on his family’s Merino sheep farm in Ferrisburgh, VT. Rachel & Rowland were abolitionists who sheltered freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad and advocated for abolition in the US.  Rachel is well known to us through the hundreds of items she left – letters, diaries, writings, and photographs - all part of the collection at Rokeby Museum.
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Wool You Be My Valentine? 

Drawing by Rowland Evans Robinson
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We are excited to announce Middlebury College's launch of a crowdsourced transcription platform via From the Page. Letters from Rokeby Museum's Robinson Family Collection are available for you to read and transcribe! You help us make the Robinson's letters more accessible to the public! 
A Valentine from Rokeby Museum's Collection. Preserved in Ann Stevens Robinson's memory book is a special valentine from Rowland Evans Robinson. Dated February 14, 1870, the valentine was created by Rowland the same year he and Ann were married. 
"No popular respect will I omit
To do thee honor on this happy day,
When every loyal lover tasks his wit
His simple truth in studious rhymes to pay,
And to his mistress dear his hopes convey.
Rather thou knowest I would still outrun
All calendars with Love's,...whose date alway
Thy bright eyes govern better than the sun.,
For with they favor was my life begun;
And still I reckon on from smiles to smiles,
And not by summers, for I thrive on none
But those they cheerful countenance compiles:
O! if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine."
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