Frugal Yankees by nature, the Robinsons saved almost everything accumulated during their years at Rokeby.
Rokeby Museum’s collection is at once ordinary and extraordinary. Made up of the thousands of everyday belongings the family accumulated during nearly two centuries, it is truly ordinary. Yet the mere fact that such a rich compendium has remained intact renders it extraordinary. All of these disparate belongings were instantly transformed into a single museum collection when Elizabeth Robinson died in 1961 and left everything to create Rokeby Museum. The Museum rarely adds to its collection, since additions must have some strong association with the family. The collection is available to researchers by appointment.