We are very excited to bring back our Winter Book Discussion group. Join us each month, January–March of 2023 for FREE virtual discussions about three powerful books. Register today for one or all of our discussions led by Rokeby staff.
As 2022 ends, we want to thank you for your support of Rokeby Museum. Because of your generosity, the Museum can share the human experience of the Underground Railroad and the history of the Robinson family with visitors from across the country.
Our 2022 season has come to an end and we’d like to thank all who visited us this past season, enjoying our exhibits, programs, and events. We look forward to welcoming you all back in mid-May when we re-open. Check back frequently or sign-up for announcements of programs and events we will be planning in the off-season.
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.
Rokeby Museum presents a nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience. A major exhibit Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont brings the Underground Railroad vividly to life. Focused on Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter here in the 1830s, the exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. The historic house fully furnished with 200 years of domestic belongings provides an intimate glimpse into the family’s life through four generations. Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby retains nine historic farm buildings filled with agricultural artifacts. Acres of pastoral landscape dotted with old wells, stone walls, and historic orchards invite a leisurely stroll or a hike up the trail. Picnic tables accommodate lunch outdoors.
To maintain a safe environment for all visitors and staff, masks are strongly encouraged within the education center and required within the historic home.
Did you know that we have hiking trails? Our trails are open daylight hours year-round. Please note — A portion of Rokeby’s trails are closed during mud season. Please follow signage and help protect our trails.
Rokeby Museum offers a variety of educational learning experiences for elementary, middle, high-school, college and homeschool students. In addition, museum staff welcome requests from lifelong learning groups and businesses. Education programs are now offered year-round!