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Rokeby
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Owner description: Eighteenth century Vermont cape house and home to writer Rowland Evans Robinson and his artist daughter Rachel Robinson Elmer.
Reviewed 20 September 2015

We stopped here on a whim, glad we did. It left us with a better understanding of the underground railroad concept, how some northerners tried to help some of the slaves runaway slaves. We could not go into the house, but enjoyed the great museum in the visitors center. Apparently the house tours are only Friday to Monday 11:30 and 2. We popped in on a Tuesday afternoon so got free admission to the museum woo-woo but the house wasn't open.

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Reviewed 19 September 2015

This is a gem of a museum. It tells the history of a farm built in the 1780s by the Dakin family, then owned by the Robinson family for many generations. The site has the farmhouse and numerous outbuildings. Each gives a glimpse into the ebbs and flows of products and the entrepreneurial nature of the Robinson family. In the visitor's center was a small art display of drawings done by one of the Robinson men. Upstairs, there is a top notch, museum quality display on slavery, the abolitionist movement, and the history of Rokeby as one of several safe houses. Plan on an hour. Very friendly staff.

Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 30 July 2015

This week, July 26 - Aug 1, 2015 will be the hottest in Vermont so far this summer. Yesterday was a day-off for my wife at the music camp we run on Lake Dunmore. What was she going to do to escape the heat? Spending the day in or on the lake was not an option. We needed to be in AC, not an easy thing tho find in Vermont, as it is usually quite pleasant. Big conundrum. We started looking round the region and thinking and voila, The Rokeby Museum. She says she has always wanted to visit. And yes it has AC. So we went. Like the Holocaust Museum in DC, it follows the story of two slaves, one from MD and one from NC, who through the magic of the Underground Railroad arrive at Rokeby. This part is called "Free and Safe." The story is fascinating and a good primer to those who want a better understanding of the railroad. It became apparent that the State of Vermont played a significant role in the abolitionist movement as well as the bloody and gruesome Civil War. The woman at the front desk was very helpful and invited us to come back for Pie Day, their successful fund raiser in August. There is an extensive outdoor museum as well, the historic farm property known as Rokeby. The 90-acre property includes a 1780s farmstead, beautifully restore and eight agricultural outbuildings with permanent exhibits. Hiking trails cover more than 50 acres of the grounds. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1997 for its association with Rowland T. Robinson, a Quaker and ardent abolitionist who openly sheltered escaped slaves here as part of the Underground Railroad. Robinson's extensive correspondence is an essential archive giving insight into the practices of abolitionists and the operations of the railroad. We may return in the Fall to take advantage of the extensive hiking trails when it is more pleasant to be outside! And Pie Day sounds fun as well. Free admission the day and time we attended.

Thank twomartinilunch
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

Rokeby is an amazing place. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect after reading the description of this historical house on a flyer. I knew it had belonged to a single family for four generations and that they were active in the Underground Railroad. Well this was no ordinary family and this was no ordinary house! For those who are interested in American colonial history, the history of slavery and the Abolitionist movement, the history of Vermont, and even art this "house museum" is an incredible find. In addition to the Robinson house there is a newly constructed guest center and educational wing that operates as the official museum and archive. The day we went they were hosting a seminar on local Vermont seeds. We opted out and chose to spend our time in the special exhibit upstairs. The exhibit, "Free and Safe," was fantastic.

Overall, it was a wonderful place and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend this for adults and older children -- 9 years and up, only because in these kinds of historical houses there is never a whole lot for younger children to do.

Thank Melissa S
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Reviewed 19 July 2015

We learned so much from our visit and guided tour of the Rokeby estate. Our tour guide was passionate and entertaining and brought the past to life.

Thank Junemarg
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