Rokeby and The Robinson Family

Rokeby in Ferrisburgh is first on my list for high quality, fascinating small house museums in my home state of Vermont. It's near my home; it's a beautiful late eighteenth century Vermont cape house; and it was home to a writer, Rowland Evans Robinson, and several painters, including his daughter, Rachael Robinson Elmer, nationally-known for her postcard designs.

The Robinson homestead was called Rokeby after a poem by Sir Walter Scott and after a manor in the north of England. Rokeby means a settlement of crows. Four generations of artistic, farming (mostly) Quakers lived there. The brown...

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