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.


Eugenie Doyle's Sleep Tight Farm
Champlain Orchards
Harvest Day at Rokeby Museum
Sunday, September 19, 12–3 pm

Join us for a family-friendly, autumnal celebration outside on the Rokeby lawns! At 12:30, gather for a read-along with author and farmer Eugenie Doyle of her book, Sleep Tight Farm. Afterward, Rokeby staff will lead a historic tool talk and demonstration, sharing stories about family, food, farming, and changes through time. Children are invited to paint harvest murals and participate in leaf collecting crafts and games! Free apples provided by Champlain Orchards

We’re also excited to announce the addition of the The Kowal Family Band as part of our Harvest Day celebration. The Kowal Family Band is a group of 4 siblings from northern Vermont singing and playing bluegrass music. Maddie (13/fiddle), Finn (16/banjo), Ted (11/mandolin) and Max (17/guitar). The Kowal Family Band is sponsored by Young Tradition Vermont.

The event is included with museum admission, masks required for unvaccinated participants. 


Antique illustration of seance session
Spiritualism and the Robinsons of Rokeby
Tuesday, October 19, 7 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.


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.


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

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.