Visit Rokeby Museum and discover a National Historic Landmark that the National Park Service describes as “unrivaled.” The Award-winning, multi-media exhibit - Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont - introduces visitors to Simon and Jess, two fugitives from slavery who were sheltered at the site in the 1830s. Free & Safe traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home for nearly 200 years, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.
Future generations of this Quaker farm family would conintue to diversify the farm, and some would become noted writers and artists. Their Federal style home, fully furnished with 200 years of personal belongings, evokes the family’s domestic life and taste, social and religious beliefs, and literary and artistic talents. Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby retains eight historic farm buildings filled with period artifacts. Old wells, stone walls, orchards and fields recall Vermont’s agricultural past. Acres of former farmland invite leisurely strolls or hikes on interpreted trails.
Special exhibits explore connections between contemporary topics and history. In 2019, these include Rokeby Through the Lens (May 19 - June 16), Amassed and Up-ended: Decoding the Legacy of Stuff (July 14 - Oct. 27), and Structure (August 25 - Oct. 27).
Open daily mid May to the last Sunday in October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guided house tours Friday through Monday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or by reservation. Admission: $10/adults, $9/seniors and groups of 15 or more, $8/Students; children younger than 5 free. Special programs and events included in the price of admission. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rokeby.org; (802)877-3406.
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