Celebrating local textiles at Rokeby Museum June 22

George Robinson stands with his Merino sheep in the early 1800s. Rokeby courtesy photo

George Robinson stands with his Merino sheep in the early 1800s. Rokeby courtesy photo

Celebrate Vermont’s traditional Merino wool heritage at Rokeby Museum on Saturday, June 22 from 1 to 5 pm.

Border collies will demonstrate their herding skills at 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Historian Susan Ouellette will present “Retired, much fatigued,” a talk on women’s historic work in wool and textile production at 4 pm. Spinners will ply their wheels and children will enjoy hands-on activities all afternoon. Guided tours of the house will be available on the hour.

Rokeby was one of the region’s most prosperous Merino sheep farms in the early 1800s. Thomas R. Robinson, Rokeby’s patriarch, brought the first Merinos to Vermont in 1810. He paid $485 for a single ram – that’s almost $10,000 today!

All Wool Day events are included in Museum admission, which is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for students, with children under five admitted free.

Rokeby Museum is a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad and with the lives of the Robinson family who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years. The Museum is located on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

For more information, email rokeby@comcast.net.

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