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 country, 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.
Rokeby Museum Virtual Events - Rokeby Museum now offers a virtual tour of the historic Robinson home and exhibition Free & Safe the Underground Railroad in Vermont. To book at tour with our educator email email@example.com or visit our website - https://rokeby.org/education/ #rokebymuseum #virtualprogramming #learnabouttheundergroundrailroad #nationalhistoriclandmark
Join us on January 26th @russellmemlibrarians for a hands-on program as we share some fascinating local history with objects and photos! All ages welcome.🧐
Hands on History with Rokeby Museum Thursday, January 26th at 6pm Location: Russell Memorial Library, Monkton VT
For almost two-hundred years, four generations of the Robinson family lived at Rokeby farm in Ferrisburgh, VT. Hear from Rokeby staff about the lives of these historic Vermonters and have the chance to touch the very objects they loved and used! How did these individuals spend their days? What changes did they experience in their lifetimes? In many ways, the lives of the Robinson`s were ordinary, as they struggled to make a living as farmers in the harsh North. At other times, their lives were extraordinary, such as supporting freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad and agitating Vermonters to fight for the ending of slavery. We`ll gather together to learn about Vermonters past -- how were their experiences different and similar to our own? We`ll also explore what history museums do and why they are important!
Christmas Card in Rokeby`s collection. Drawn on blue grey paper, a Christmas message, "JOYFUL / MAY YOUR / CHRISTMAS / BE / 1896" Holly branches with berries and leaves curl to the left and below. Created by Rachael Robinson Elmer or her mother Anna Stevens Robinson. #rokebymuseum #christmas2023 #museumcollections
Visit Rokeby Museum for its annual Holiday Open House today from 10 am-1 pm. The museum’s shop will be open with special pricing for the holidays. Door swags, made by Rokeby volunteers will be on sale, and the museum’s exhibitions are open for you to view. Check off a few holiday shopping items while supporting the museum! This event is FREE.
ONGOING & UPCOMING EVENTS: We are now currently closed. We reopen for the 2023 season on Saturday, May 13th. We look forward to seeing you! Please watch this page for upcoming programs and events that we have planned.