Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont)

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Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont) is located in Vermont
Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont)
Nearest city Ferrisburg, Vermont
Coordinates 44°13′20.68″N 73°14′16.92″W / 44.2224111°N 73.2380333°W / 44.2224111; -73.2380333Coordinates: 44°13′20.68″N 73°14′16.92″W / 44.2224111°N 73.2380333°W / 44.2224111; -73.2380333
Built 1833
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74000201
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 20, 1974[1]
Designated NHL December 9, 1997[2]

Rokeby is an 18th-century house in Ferrisburg, Vermont that was a station on the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War. The house was the home for almost 200 years of the Robinson family, who were Quaker millers, farmers, abolitionists, authors, naturalists, and artists.

In the 1830s and 1840s, Rokeby served as a safe house along the Underground Railroad. Letters from the family of Rowland T. and Rachel Gilpin Robinson, devout Quakers and radical abolitionists, mention fugitive slaves by name and in some detail.[3]

Rokeby was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.[2][4]

Located on Route 7, the 90-acre (360,000 m2) site includes the Robinson house, open by guided tour, with personal and domestic furnishings spanning 200 years, and eight agricultural outbuildings with permanent exhibits. Hiking trails cover more than 50 acres (200,000 m2) of the grounds. Rokeby is open from mid-May to mid-October each year.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Rokeby". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. ^ Rokeby Museum: Underground Railroad
  4. ^ Jane Williamson (January 13, 1997). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Rokeby / Rowland T. Robinson House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 18 photos, from 1996 and undated PDF (32 KB)

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