Rokeby would also become famous during the years leading up to the Civil War. Rowland Thomas and Rachel Gilpin Robinson were devout Quakers and radical abolitionists, according to the museum. They sheltered fugitive slaves at the Addison County farm during the the 1830s and 1840s.
Williamson revealed the "before and after" daguerreotype of Thomas Richardson Robinson. The 19th-century image of the patriarch of the Rokeby Robinsons "is amazing," she said.
"Conservation of the image was funded by an American Heritage Preservation Grant offered through the Institute for Museum and Library Services in a joint effort with the Bank of America Foundation," Williamson noted.