Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont)

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Rokeby Museum
Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont) is located in Vermont
Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont)
Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont) is located in the US
Rokeby (Ferrisburg, Vermont)
Location 4334 US 7,Ferrisburgh, Vermont
Coordinates 44°13′21″N 73°14′17″W / 44.22250°N 73.23806°W / 44.22250; -73.23806Coordinates: 44°13′21″N 73°14′17″W / 44.22250°N 73.23806°W / 44.22250; -73.23806
Area 85 acres (34 ha)
Built c. 1780s
Architectural style Other
NRHP reference # 74000201
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 20, 1974[1]
Designated NHL December 9, 1997[2]

Rokeby Museum is a historic farm property and museum at 4334 United States Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, Vermont. The 90-acre (36 ha) property includes a 1780s farmstead, and eight agricultural outbuildings with permanent exhibits. Hiking trails cover more than 50 acres (20 ha) of the grounds. Rokeby is open from mid-May to mid-October each year. 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 at Rokeby 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.

Description and history[edit]

Rokeby Museum is set on the east side of United States Route 7 in the rural community of Ferrisburgh. The central focus of the property is a cluster of buildings, including the 1780s main house, a smokehouse, hen house, outhouse, creamery, tool shed, and other agricultural buildings. The property also includes foundational remnants of a barn and a school. The main house is a two-story Federal style wood frame structure, with an older 1-1/2 story frame Cape style ell attached to its rear. What is now the main block of the house was built in 1814; the ell was built as a freestanding house in the 1780s by the Dakin family, who cleared the land. In 1793, the property was purchased by Thomas Rowland Robinson, a Quaker from Newport, Rhode Island.[3]

For almost 200 years, the house was the home of the Robinson family, who were millers, farmers, abolitionists, authors, naturalists, and artists. In the 1830s and 1840s, under the auspices of Rowland Thomas Robinson, 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.[4] The record of their correspondence gives an important view into the practices and methods of abolitionists and details about the operation of the Underground Railroad.[3]

Rokeby was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997.[2][3]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Rokeby". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2008-02-19. 
  3. ^ a b c 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 (32 KB)
  4. ^ Rokeby Museum: Underground Railroad

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