News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

A major federal grant to the Rokeby Museum on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh will result in a permanent exhibit on Vermont’s role in the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find their freedom. The Addison Independent reports the museum has received a $235,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities. The exhibit will highlight the stories of two fugitives who enjoyed long stays at the Ferrisburgh farm, then owned by Rowland Robinson, after they fled slavery in Maryland and North Carolina.

The exhibit will be housed in a new visitor center that will be funded by another grant that will be announced soon. Rokeby was the name given to the farm. The exhibit will occupy five rooms and offer narratives of a man named Simon and another named Jesse. Sounds like it will a fascinating bit of history to understand.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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