Rokeby Museum

FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum has announced the retirement of director Catherine Wood Brooks, who accepted a three-year term in 2017. “It has been an incredible honor to serve as director,” Brooks says. “Rokeby’s historical resources are vast. I have thoroughly enjoyed working to share Rokeby’s stories with an ever- widening audience.” Under Brooks’ leadership, the museum has experienced growth in attendance, income and giving. “Catherine’s creative and energetic touch has resulted in new programs, new collaborations and a heightened awareness of Rokeby as a dynamic, relevant organization it...

19TH-CENTURY FERRISBURGH resident and author Rowland Evans Robinson is the subject of a lecture and discussion at Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby museum on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Photo/Rokeby archives
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will host a lecture, reading and discussion of Rowland Evans Robinson, (1833-1900), one of Vermont’s most beloved writers. The event, which will be held on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., is meant for those both new and familiar with the author. Robinson was the son of the abolitionists Rowland and Rachel Robinson, who aided fugitives from slavery at their home, Rokeby, in Ferrisburgh. When Rowland’s eyesight began to fail after a successful career as an illustrator, he turned to writing. He would publish nine books during his lifetime; his family published four more...

'DAISY AND THE Doll” is a true story as told by Vermont’s African American storyteller Daisy Turner.
FERRISBURGH — In recognition of Black History Month, Rokeby Museum will be open Sundays in February, from noon to 5 p.m., for exhibits and special programs for children, teens and adults.  Admission to the museum is $10/adult; $8/children age 5 and up. The museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. For more info call (802) 877-3406 or email “Free & Safe: the Underground Railroad in Vermont” Sunday, Feb. 2, 12-5 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, visitors may take advantage of special winter hours to visit the only permanent exhibition in New...
FERRISBURGH — In recognition of Black History Month, Rokeby Museum will be open Sundays in February, from noon to 5 p.m., for exhibits and special programs for children, teens, and adults. From noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 2, Rokeby will open its doors for “Free & Safe: the Underground Railroad.” Museum staff will be available in the galleries for conversation about the museum’s award-winning multi-media exhibit. “Free & Safe” is the only permanent exhibition in New England that addresses slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad. It tells the story of Simon and Jesse, two...

FOUR OF THE Robinsons were artists. Ann Stevens Robinson did landscapes and still-life paintings, and her husband, Rowland Evans Robinson, was a successful illustrator for agriculture and sporting periodicals. Their two daughters, Rachael Robinson Elmer and Mary Robinson Perkins, were also both artists; Rachael's work is pictured here.
FERRISBURGH — Did you come out to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for the annual Pie and Ice Cream social last Sunday? Not only were guests treated to fanciful, homemade sweets, but they also enjoyed perusing the history museum’s exhibits. Chances are, folks were surprised to see so much contemporary art. After all, “Rokeby’s current board and staff are committed to connecting the history of Robinson family members to current scholarship and — in the case of the abolitionist Robinsons — to contemporary issues of social justice,” said Vergennes resident and museum director Catherine Brooks....

MEG WALKER'S 'GHOST Barn” will be on view at the Rokeby Museum’s exhibit “Structures” opening on Saturday.
FERRISBURGH — Structures define our world. Some of us live among skyscrapers, row houses, condominiums. In Vermont, many of us live among houses and barns. Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Ferrisburgh, is a collection of houses, barns, and outbuildings that served a variety of ends. The exhibition, “Structures,” temporarily repurposes these historic spaces as platforms for contemporary art and asks the viewer to contemplate the role that structures play in shaping our experience of the world and how structures can inform and shape the experience of others. The exhibition is...
Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie and Ice Cream Social. Come hungry, and plan to enjoy live music and games on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1-4 p.m. Rokeby Museum’s team of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie-making for 35 years. Peach, apple, berry pies of every kind — and in every combination possible — await visitors who love the taste of summer. And you can justify topping your slice with ice cream from Vermont’s own Wilcox Dairy, or helping yourself to a second serving.  All proceeds support the Ferrisburgh museum’s preservation and...

LOVE SPOONS? LOVE woodworking? Check out the workshop on crafting wooden spoons with Randall Henson on Aug. 10-11, at the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh.
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum welcomes craftsperson Randall Henson to teach a two-day spoon carving workshop, on Aug. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Henson has taught classes and demonstrated traditional woodworking in a variety of venues over the last 15 years. In this workshop students will learn how to carve spoons using hand tools, including an axe, a Swedish carving knife, and a bent knife. Students will work with recently harvested birch wood, and will have the opportunity to make two food utensils over the course of the two days. “We will explore the design of a spoon,”...

SCULPTOR KERRY FURLANI is know for her lettering in stone. She will speak about and demonstrate her craft at Rokeby Museum this Sunday, Aug. 4.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furlani is passionate about slate. A resident of Vermont’s Slate Valley (running through Bennington and Rutland counties) Furlani is on a first-name basis with quarry owners where she sources slate for public monuments, plaques, benches and more. On Sunday, Aug. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. she will be at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh to talk about her work and demonstrate her art. Visitors who wish can join in to try their hand at “pulling a line” on a slate tablet with chisel and mallet. Furlani originally moved to Vermont to be near the heart of the historic...
FERRISBURGH — What happens when four generations of one family live out their lives in the same house? Many things transpire, of course, including the accumulation of a lot of stuff. In the case of Rokeby Museum, from 1793 to 1961 four generations of the Robinson family lived in the historic home that is now one of the center pieces of this National Historic Landmark designated for its well-documented Underground Railroad history. The Museum’s 2019 special exhibit, opens July 14 and runs through October 27, featuring a unique gallery exhibition inviting visitors to meet each generation of...

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