October 28 & 29, 2022 — Gather on Halloween weekend for hot cider and a short introduction to spiritualism before a “spirit” of Rokeby guides you into the historic home to experience a staged reading of séances that took place inside the home, drawn from transcripts in the collection. Tickets will sell fast for this 2nd annual event, so get your tickets now!
In the mid-19th century, Rowland T. Robinson, his wife Rachel, and their close friend Ann King purchased and circulated antislavery print materials as part of their abolitionist activities. This exhibit explores the history of these print materials from Rokeby’s collection and reflects on the legacy of the abolitionist press.
This stunning exhibit chronicles the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830s. Free & Safe traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinsons who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.
The historic home tour is an intimate experience, during which visitors encounter the stories of all four generations of the Robinsons on their own terms — and in their own spaces. Guided tours of the historic home and outbuildings are available Friday–Monday, with tours at 11 am and 2 pm. Tours last approximately one hour.