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.
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.