Preservation Project, Public Garden
Pulitzer-prize winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s home Steepletop, named for the wildflower found in its high fields, served the poet in very unique ways. This secluded sanctuary provided Millay with space to create gardens that satisfied her earth-ecstatic nature and gave her endless inspiration for some of her most beloved work. Over the twenty-five years that Millay lived at Steepletop she wrote volumes of poetry and created a series of garden rooms, a kitchen garden, and a spring-fed pool with an adjoining outdoor bar dubbed the ruins where she could entertain her guests. Though some of these features are in various stages of restoration, they all can be toured and appreciated by today's visitors to Steepletop.
Directions: East Hill Road is just off of Route 22 in Austerlitz, NY, just 4 miles south of Interstate 90 and the Massachusetts Turnpike. From the Taconic Parkway head east on Rte 203 and follow the signs to Steepletop.
Hours: Special Garden Conservancy Open Day on Saturday, August 20; discounted house tours offered at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Space is limited so reservations are requested at (518) 392-3362. Otherwise open Friday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: On August 20 Open Day, grounds $7; house tours $12. Otherwise, grounds & garden guided tour $16. Please note Open Days admission tickets are not accepted here.
- Restrooms are accessible