Growing up on the Rokeby farm Rowland Evans Robinson developed a love of art and studied with an engraver in Burlington. He left Vermont at age 25 to work as an artist in New York City, but was unsuccessful at making a living and did not like the city. He returned to the family farm and began a career drawing agrarian life on the farm, that he sold to the American Agriculturalist and Moore’s Rural New Yorker. Failing eyesight in middle age started him on a career as a writer, composing stories about the fictional mountain town of Danvis, Vermont.
The Rokeby farm, originally owned by the Dakin family, was purchased by Thomas and Jemima Robinson in 1793. They built saw, grist and fulling mills on Lewis Creek, and purchased their first Merino sheep in 1810. Rokeby became one of the largest and most prosperous Merino sheep farms in the area. Their son Rowland Thomas ran the mills and farm but was also an avid abolitionist. His work with antislavery societies led him to shelter dozens of fugitive slaves, as part of the Underground Railroad.
This Rowland Evans Robinson History Mug is part of our Author series which includes many unique individuals who played an important part in molding our history.artistic and literary history.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.