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 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.

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Join us on Tuesday, July 5 at 1:00 pm for a public reading of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July,” by Frederick Douglass. This event is free to the public and will be held rain or shine. 

Community members are asked to join and read a section of the speech. No sign-up in advance is needed, and Rokeby will provide sections for individuals to read. Following the reading, we will have a public discussion on the legacy of this speech. 

Delivered on July5, 1852, in Rochester, NY, Douglass’s speech reflects on the American values of liberty, citizenship, freedom, and the hypocrisy of not bestowing these values to the enslaved population in America. 

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Summer may have arrived but there are still 2 days left to donate to Rokeby Museum's Spring Match Challenge.

Thanks to donor and Rokeby Trustee Kate Schubart, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar between now and June 30, 2022. Donate today and help us meet our $5,000 fundraising goal.

A donation at any amount enables Rokeby Museum to build engaging seasonal exhibitions, provide free museum days and programming, and share the nationally significant story of the Underground Railroad in Vermont.

Donate today — https://rokeby.org/support/

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A little rain never hurt no one... Sheep & Wool Day at Rokeby Museum is still on, rain or shine!!!

Activities will be moved inside our historic buildings if necessary (except of course, the sheep). Come celebrate all things SHEEP with us tomorrow, from 12-3.

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The grounds at Rokeby Museum are looking beautiful thanks to the volunteers who attended our annual spring clean-up day on Saturday. 

Rokeby Museum opens on weekends starting May 7th and on May 28th will be open &-days a week from 10 am to 5 pm! 
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