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Visit The Robbins House

June, July & August: 11-4
(Closed Tuesdays)
September, October: 11-4
(Open Fri-Sun + Columbus Day)

320 Monument Street
Concord MA
(Located opposite the Old North Bridge)

(978) 254-1745

Thomas Dugan: Yeoman of Concord

Now through May 1, 2016

African American Thomas Dugan (1747-1827) was born almost thirty years before the start of the American Revolution and was enslaved in Virginia. It is not known how he came to be free, but he arrived in Concord by about 1791 where he lived as a free man, married, raised a family, and farmed his seven acres. This exhibition at the Concord Museum attempts to visualize the furnishings of Dugan’s house and barn as listed in the probate inventory.


She Ought to be Set at Liberty

“She Ought to be Set at Liberty”: Slavery and Freedom in 18th-Century Massachusetts

Massachusetts is often associated with abolition and other progressive movements, while the early history of slavery in Massachusetts is sometimes overlooked. Presented in association with the Concord Museum’s special exhibition Thomas Dugan, Yeoman of Concord, John Hannigan, Ph.D. candidate in History at Brandeis University – and researcher for The Robbins House – takes a closer look at the lives and experiences of enslaved people in 18th-century Massachusetts.

Guy Peartree As Frederick Douglass. Courtesy Photo

Reading Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”

Guy Peartree, re-enactor, leads a community reading of Frederick Douglass’s speech at the The Robbins House. Questions and discussion about Douglass’s speech followed.  Sponsored by MassHumanities.

freddy douglass


RiverFest at the Summer Solstice

Sunday, June 21st

Add to your enjoyment of the Summer Solstice by exploring the environs of the Old Manse & Robbins House:

4 – 6 pm, Garden talks: Join the Trustees of Reservations and Gaining Ground in the garden at the Old Manse to learn about this re-creation of the garden first planted in 1842 by Henry David Thoreau and Robbins House resident John Garrison.

4:30 – 6:30 pm, Robbins Open House: Learn about Concord’s early African-American history at The Robbins House, built for the son and daughter of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s.

6 & 7 pm, Old Manse Open House: Enjoy free admission for a tour of the Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations and the historic home of Emerson and Hawthorne, situated on the banks of the Concord River.


Director’s Note: June 2015

The Robbins House was happy to welcome its new site director to the team last week. Her name is Elon Cook and she is a public historian, genealogist and graduate of Brown University’s masters in Public Humanities. Elon will be blogging monthly about the Robbins House’s newest programs, events and exhibitions.

We are also ramping up activities for the summer and making exciting new plans for the fall. Please follow our website, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates, news and to join the Robbins House community!


Underground Railroad Exhibit

Thursday, February 16, 2012 11:00 AM – Thursday, December 31, 2015 5:00 PM
Underground Railroad Exhibit: Confronting Our Legacy – Slavery and Anti-Slavery in the North

A renovated and expanded exhibition about slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad including hands-on interactives and audio elements. Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM to 5 PM Saturday and Sunday, 12 Noon to 5 PM Closed Mondays and major holidays

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street
  • Newton, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: (617) 796-1450
  • web:
  • cost: $6 for general admission, $5 for a discounted ticket (Newton residents, seniors, children 6-12 years, AAA members, students with ID), and free for children 5 and under and Historic Newton members

When Edward Jackson died in 1681, he held “two man servants”—yet his great-great-great-grandson William Jackson helped enslaved people flee bondage by offering them sanctuary as part of the clandestine network of safe houses and escape routes now known as the Underground Railroad. This exhibition, which opened in February 2012, explores the sometimes forgotten institution of slavery in the North during colonial times and the work of Newton abolitionists, including the divisions among them. It examines Nathaniel Allen’s West Newton English and Classical School, opened in 1854, which, unique in its time, accepted students from both sexes and all races, and Newton’s Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by a members of Newton’s African American community. The Jacksons of the Jackson Homestead exemplified the changing attitudes of some northerners toward slavery.

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