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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Happy National Hat Day! 

Pictured: Men's black beaver top hat; black ribbon around the base. Label, in gold, in the crown, reads, "A.N.Cook & Co. Boston  215 & 217 Washington Street." c.1871-1890, Rokeby Museum Collections. 
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Full moon over Rokeby Museum on Tuesday night. #rokebymuseum #fullmoon #vermont
Rokeby Museum wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday!
Image: By Rowland Evans Robinson. Santa Claus holding his hand to his ear and leaning toward a brick chimney. He wears a fur-trimmed coat and boots and a fur cap. Two reindeer stand behind him hitched to a sleigh. The caption says "' S-s-s-h! I wonder if those youngsters are fast asleep?'" In pen (in another person's handwriting) it says "Put on wood + return as soon as possible"
Holiday Collections Spotlight: 
A paper and pencil sketch by Rowland Evans Robinson (1833-1900). The cartoon shows Santa Claus holding his hand to his ear and leaning toward a brick chimney. The caption reads: "'s-s-h! I wonder if those youngsters are fast asleep?'" 
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