2021 Pie & Ice Cream Social

2021 Pie & Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 1–4 pm
Admission: FREE
Slice of Pie & Ice Cream: $6

We are very excited to have our community favorite back once again this summer. Join us as we celebrate Summer and a return to in-person gatherings at Rokeby’s Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social. As in previous years, there will be yards and yards of homemade pies along with ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. The Meatpackers, who performed to rave reviews in 2019, will return to provide live bluegrass while you enjoy your pie! We’ll also have some great gift basket raffles and croquet and badminton on the back lawns.

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass

Monday, July 5, 1:00 pm — Rokeby Museum and the Ferrisburgh Historical Society are collaborating to host a public reading of Frederick Douglass’s Fifth of July Speech. Community members are asked to join us and read a section of Douglass’s speech.

Tales of Oppression, Abolition, and Reform in the Hopper & Gibbons Families

On June 23rd, 2021, Angela Schear presented a talk on her abolitionist ancestors, Isaac T. Hopper and Abby Gibbons.

Isaac T. Hopper,
provided by Angela Schear

Hopper authored a column in the “The National Anti-Slavery Standard“ entitled “Tales of Oppression,” and was a well-known abolitionist and Hicksite Quaker. His biographer estimated that he personally assisted over 1,000 fugitives in obtaining their freedom during his forty years of residence in Philadelphia. His third daughter Abby followed in his footsteps of activism and reform. Together with her husband, James Gibbons, this Quaker family trio was influential in many Anti-slavery societies, prison reform work, and social activism. They knew most of the principal American abolitionists including the Robinsons and even hosted many, such as William L. Garrison and Horace Greeley, in their homes.

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Staff & Volunteer Spotlight — Meet Sawyer Ryan

Sawyer Ryan

by Sawyer Ryan, 2021 Intern

Hello, my name is Sawyer. Ever since I was little, I had a great interest in the events of the past. I graduated from Plymouth State University in 2020 with a History degree and I started interning at the Rokeby Museum in November of that year. Since then, I worked on many projects that helped me learn about the fascinating history of the Robinson family. I spent most of my time here scanning letters, photos, and drawings into the digital archive here at the Rokeby Museum. That might sound boring to many, but I had a great time doing it, especially when I found several treasures out of the stacks of items. 

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Rokeby Celebrates Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month and Ruth Farmer, shared a few “Rokeby poems” in this short video. She notes in her presentation, the Robinsons are “exemplars of artists paying attention” and “for me encountering the visuals and the words in the 21st century, these artists artistic renderings show humans as listeners, observers, and recorders of the everyday”.

We hope you enjoy both the words and art of the Robinson family, and Happy National Poetry Month!

Ruth Farmer is a Rokeby Museum Board member. Ruth is an essayist, poet, and educator, living in Bristol, Vermont.

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Rokeby Museum’s Visitor Center and Historic Farm Buildings are open for the season.