Vermont’s Rokeby Museum begins preservation work

 Exterior of the Rokeby House, one of the most well-documented stops on the Underground Railroad. Preservation work began on the Vermont house, now a museum, in early July. Image courtesy of the Rokeby Museum via Wikimedia Commons.


Exterior of the Rokeby House, one of the most well-documented stops on the Underground Railroad. Preservation work began on the Vermont house, now a museum, in early July. Image courtesy of the Rokeby Museum via Wikimedia Commons.

FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) – The Rokeby Museum has announced the start of preservation work on the historic Robinson home thanks to a 2021 Preservation Sponsorship by PC Construction.

On July 6, PC Construction began work on the house, including the repair of plaster, the restoration of the porches, and stabilization of the footings on the historic granary building. It is estimated the work will take a month to complete.

“It is wonderful working with staff at PC Construction to complete this preservation project. We are grateful for their sponsorship this year, and their support in preserving this National Historic Landmark,” said Lindsay Houpt-Varner, Director of Rokeby Museum.

“We are excited to be underway with the preservation of Rokeby Museum,” said Jay Fayette, President and CEO of PC Construction. “We hope this partnership will help broaden the museum’s reach, allowing more Vermonters and visitors to learn about this site’s historical significance to the Underground Railroad and the Abolition movement, and Vermont’s early connection to social justice issues.”

Exterior work is scheduled to end in August and the museum hopes to open the house to visitors in September.

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