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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 13 July 2016

The Rokeby Museum is a must see for families with children studying the Revolutionary War period. They have marvelous exhibits and discuss the underground railroad in this area in some detail. There are also period houses to visit and tours as well. Tuesday afternoons are free . . .

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Reviewed 18 June 2016

I purposed to visit so I could tell my grandchildren about the Underground Railroad and how Vermont played a part in it. The museum was well laid out, and the tour of the Robinson House was fantastic. While much creds go to the Dakin family for building the farm, I learned so much about what was done to help abolish slavery while the Robinsons occupied the land. The tour guide really knew her stuff, and she was very patient as I straddled behind her on the house tour. To actually stand in the rooms where history was made was rewarding. The museum on the second floor of the Education Center was moving. I encourage any African-American passing through Vermont to stop and take in some of the history. Personally, I never knew Vermont was so instrumental in abolishing slavery, and I'm glad I decided to come here. This is the stuff that's not being taught in the history books.

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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.

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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.

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