Programs/Events

Guided Tours of the Historic Site (Starting May 21st)
Every Friday–Monday, 11 am and 2 pm OR by appointment
Members: Free; Non-Members: $5 (in addition to the purchase of admission)

Volunteers run the guided tours at Rokeby. We work hard to ensure a tour guide is on site but please call in advance to ensure tours are running the day of your visit. Note the historic house is undergoing preservation work therefore tours are currently entirely outside and held rain or shine.


SEASONAL EXHIBIT
A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer
May 30–October 24, 2021

Rokeby Museum’s 2021 season exhibit, A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer, explores the career of Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878–1919) and her early twentieth-century success as a professional illustrator. Exhibit Opens May 30th and runs through October 24th, 2021.


SPECIAL MUSEUM DAYS
Every Tuesday after 1 pm (May–October) — Pay what you can

SECOND SUNDAYS AT ROKEBY
Film Viewing of “Rokeby” and Artists’ Talk with EveNSteve

Sunday, August 8, 1 pm
Members: $5; Non-Members: $10

Noted artists EveNSteve are pleased to share their award-winning short film “Rokeby” with the public at a screening and artists’ talk. In 2019, EveNSteve was commissioned to make artwork for the Rokeby Museum, the historic radical Quaker homestead and Underground Railroad site. the result was a thirty-foot monumental artwork that forms the basis of the film “Rokeby.” In the artwork, Stephen Schaub employs a 140-degree Noblex panning-lens camera, which creates individual panoramas that mimic human vision. The resulting in-camera college on film expresses a total combined reality of 840 degrees — a scene rooted in reality, yet which does not actually exist. The short film has been named a winner in the History/Biographical category of the IndieFEST Film Awards and is an Official Selection of the Montreal Independent Film Festival.


Story Walk along the Trails with Rokeby Museum and the Bixby Library
Throughout the Summer

Rokeby Museum is teaming up with the Bixby Library to offer a story walk along the trails at Rokeby. Throughout the summer we will share stories that tie to the history at Rokeby, including agriculture, Indigenous history, and the Underground Railroad. This trail to free to anyone visiting the site between sun up and sun down.


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

The Community Favorite is Back! Join us as we celebrate Summer and a return to in-person gatherings at Rokeby’s Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social. Homemade pie, ice cream, live bluegrass with The Meatpackers, raffle baskets, and a chance to explore the grounds & exhibits at Rokeby. A delicious way to support the Museum! Sponsored by Pomerleau Real Estate.


Henry's Freedom Box by
Summer Story Time with Rokeby Museum and the Bixby Library
Tuesday, August 17, 3:30-4:30 pm

The Bixby Library and Rokeby Museum are delighted to be partnering this summer to bring you three, FREE storytimes and sing-alongs outside among Rokeby’s farm buildings. July’s theme will be the Underground Railroad. The program is intended for elementary school-aged students, but all ages are welcome to attend. 

Parents are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs. Indoor location is available in case of rain. No pre-registration is required. Admission to the Rokeby is free on Tuesdays after 1 pm.

Come early and explore Rokeby’s hiking trails and our Storywalk collaboration on the grounds!


SECOND SUNDAYS AT ROKEBY
Demystifying the Creative Process:
Virtual Discussion with Courtney Clinton
Sunday, September 12, 1 pm
Livestreamed from Rokeby Museum
Members: $5; Non-Members: $10

Before the final illustration, an artist makes dozens of sketchbook studies. In these studies they gather reference material and work out a creative image design. Join former Rokeby Artist in Residence, Courtney Clinton, to learn more about how illustrators like Rachael Robinson Elmer built and developed their creative ideas through the sketchbook process. As part of the Second Sunday lecture series, Courtney will invite you into her research and images from the sketchbooks and studies that informed Rachael’s iconic postcard seriesArt Lover’s New York. Courtney will also share her own sketchbook process and discuss how her research on Rachael’s practice inspired her to produce her own postcard series of the sites and monuments of her hometown, Montreal. 


Rokeby Museum Show-and-Tell at the Charlotte Library
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 pm
Held at the Charlotte Library

A live show-and-tell at Charlotte Library with the Rokeby Museum’s Education Programs Manager, Tucker Foltz. For almost two-hundred years, four generations of the Robinson family lived at Rokeby farm in Ferrisburgh. Hear from Rokeby staff about the lives of these historic Vermonters and have the chance to touch the very objects they loved and used! How did these individuals spend their days? What changes did they experience in their lifetimes, and what difficult decisions did they face? In many ways, the lives of the Robinson’s were ordinary, as they struggled to make a living as farmers in the harsh north. At other times, their lives were extraordinary, such as supporting freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad and agitating Vermonters to fight for the ending of slavery. We’ll gather to reflect on our own experiences — In what ways do they differ and coincide with those in the past?


Antique illustration of seance session
Spriritualism and the Robinsons of Rokeby
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm
Held at the Charlotte Library

Join Rokeby Museum director, Dr. Lindsay Varner, for a discussion on the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century. In the 1840s, the Robinson farm in Ferrisburgh (today Rokeby Museum) held a series of séances that were recorded by a close friend and preserved in the Museum’s collection. Dr. Varner will give an overview of the history of Spiritualism, its ties to the Great Awakening, and share a few words from the Robinson’s communications with the spirit world.


Additional Programs for Summer/Fall 2021 are being planned. Check back frequently for announcements of programs and events we will be offering, or sign up to receive the museum’s e-news announcements.  

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