Historic Robinson Home
A significant part of the Museum’s collection is on permanent display in the historic Robinson home.
We take our cues from the Robinsons when sharing the site with visitors, especially on the house tour. As Quakers, the Robinsons were subject to the “testimony of simplicity,” which dictated plainness in language, dress, and household furnishings. So, although interiors are densely packed with family belongings and vividly evoke the individuals who once lived here, they lack the decorative flourishes of fashionable abodes. The Robinsons were less interested in keeping up with the latest styles than they were with the meaning of their faith, the reform movements of the antebellum era, and the price of wool, butter, and apples. Later generations shared a love of the natural world, literature, and art.
The house 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.
Due to ongoing preservation work in 2021, tours of the historic home are not available at this time, but outside guided site tours are available every Friday–Monday, 11 am and 2 pm OR by appointment. Tours last about 45 minutes.
The Historic Robinson Home Virtual Tours
Rokeby was home to four generations of a remarkable family. While everyone worked on the farm at one point or another, each of them took his or her singular path through life, and many became highly accomplished. Sign up for a virtual tour and learn about the abolitionists, writers, artists, and entrepreneurial farmers that called Rokeby home. In this time of change, you’ll learn how the Robinsons faced change through the 18th and 19th centuries. A museum guide leads you — in real time via internet video conferencing — through the historic Robinson family home. Email to make arrangements.