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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 28 August 2017 via mobile

In the current state of affairs in our country it's important to be reminded of our ancestors who were on the right side of history.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped by the Rokeby Museum on the way back from Middlebury on a whim, so glad we did. It's an amazing museum, very educational, but presented in a way that's easy to understand, and is highly engaging. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017

Last week,I visited the Rokeby Museum Complex in a small Vermont community with a rich history of promoting fair treatment for people of color.The Rokeby Museum had interesting displays and dioramas relating to the evils of slavery in the United States,prior to the Civil War.It also thoroughly described the devoted efforts of these Abolitionists to abolish slavery in this country including William Lloyd Garrison,Joseph Carpenter,Frederick Douglass,and Rowland Robinson,among others.I also learned about the Underground Railroad and the history of the Robinson Family from the late 18th Century to the 20th Century-4 generations of Robinsons in Ferrisburg.Thomas Rowland Robinson was the first Robinson to live in Ferrisbug and he raised Merino Sheep and cultivated corn and wheat.Later on his Rowland Robinson,his son was a leading American Abolitionist in the first half of the 19th Century who housed fugitive slaves in his home.In the second half of the 19th Century,Rowland Evans Robinson was a prominent American artist and magazine illustrator.The guide who took us into the Robinson House and remains of the Robinson Farm was very knowledgable and helpful.Even though,I was a guest of this museum,I made a donation because I want this museum to continue its good work.

3  Thank margatemensch2016
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

For all of you Civil War history buffs, this is an excellent stop; really it's a marvelous stop for all of us. It tells the story of runaway slaves and wonderful abolitionists who helped them via the 'underground railroad'. There is a small but beautifully done two story museum, and grounds with a number of original houses on it. This museum is open from May - October, and on Fridays - Mondays, the Robinson's family home is open and there are tours given of the property and this lovely home. Just to walk the grounds, which is what we did and to visit the museum, was terrific, as we were there on a Tuesday. Bring a picnic lunch as there are many picnic tables on the grounds. I would suggest middle school children and above would be able to gain a lot of knowledge from this museum, and the brave souls who tried to hide and free slaves coming further north, and even going on into Canada. Just to imagine the brave men and women who risked their lives to live in freedom and the courageous men and women who hid them -- is an inspiring thought! Having the kids bring their phones or cameras for picture taking would be good too.

3  Thank EmEs
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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

This museum holds a thought provoking exhibit on a Vermonter's role in supporting the underground railway and the context of human slavery in the 1800s until the end of the Civil War

One can also visit the homestead that served as a shelter for those escaping slavery.
The homestead contains a home and other buildings related to the workings of a farm
The setting is lovely
We were very disappointed that we could not visit the home but we should have checked the museum's website beforehand. It clearly spells out the specific days house tours are given
It is unfortunate but according to the person from whom we purchased our tickets, the museum lacks financial resources to give tours every day

3  Thank explorer044
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