Racial Justice Team Visit to Rokeby Museum

Date(s) - 08/01/20
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Racial Justice Team takes you to visit Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, August 1 – carpool with face masks and windows open, leaving FUUSB at 12:30 p.m. (or meet us at the site at 1 p.m.), returning about 4 p.m.

Described as “unrivaled” by the National Park Service, Rokeby Museum is a National Historic landmark and preeminent Underground Railroad site. “Free and Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont” introduces visitors to Simon and Jesse – two historically documented fugitives from slavery who were sheltered at Rokeby in the 1830s. The exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home for nearly 200 years, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.

Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby retains eight historic farm buildings filled with agricultural artifacts along with old wells, stone walls and fields. Acres of pastoral landscape invite a leisurely stroll or a hike up the trail. Picnic tables are available for dining outdoors. We will visit the exhibit and property. The historic home is not open at this time.

Bring water and a snack or lunch to enjoy on your own. We will wear facial masks and carpool with windows open (or ride with partners). Cost is $8 per person. Rokeby staff will introduce us to the two current exhibits, then we are on our own.