Steepletop, farmstead in Austerlitz, New York, served as the home and inspiration of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay for the last twenty-five years of her life. This National Historic Landmark features guided tours of the 1892 white clapboard farmhouse where Millay lived with her husband, Eugen Boissevain, and the writer’s cabin, in the midst of whispering pines, plants and flowers that she nurtured from the ruins of the original farm.
In addition to the inspiring grounds and gardens, many trails through the woods and field are open to visitors, including the poetry trail, which features many Millay poems and the family gravesite.
The Millay Society's mission is to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop—her home, gardens, and frequent inspiration for her poetry—a place where nature inspires the creative spirit.
The Garden Conservancy has advised the Millay Society on restoration, management, and planning.
The Millay Society at Steepletop launches "Save Steepletop" campaign.
The formal Rose Garden is restored and the pergola in the "ruins" is rebuilt. Restoration of the outdoor bar begins, so that it can be put back in its rightful place under the new pergola.
Steepletop is named a Literary Landmark as part of New York State's Pulitzer Prize Centennial Recognition.
Restoration of the Kitchen Garden is completed.
Tamarack Cottage is restored and opened as Steepletop's new Visitors Center. It includes a gift shop, exhibition gallery, and staff offices.
Dining room restored and opened for house tours.
Millay's home opens to the public for guided tours.
New York State purchases 230 acres for state forest preserve. Proceeds of the sale constitute an endowment to implement the site’s transition into a public museum.
Garden Conservancy develops "A Vision for Steepletop" printed brochure.
The writer's cabin opens to the public. Garden Conservancy supports the development of a Master Plan for Steepletop.
Selected as a preservation garden of the Conservancy.
The Friends of Millay Society is formed to aid in the restoration of the house and grounds.
The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society is formed, following the death of Millay's sister, Norma, and assumes ownership and operation of the property.
Designated a National Historic Landmark.
Millay dies, following her husband's death in the year prior. Her sister, Norma, moves in and cares for the property.
With the guidance of landscape architect and actor, Harrison Dowd, garden making begins in earnest. Over 25 years, the farmhouse is increasingly surrounded by several different types and sizes of gardens.
Millay and Boissevain buy the Bailey Family Farm and name it Steepletop, after a pink-spired flower common in surrounding fields. The farmstead is enlarged to more than 600 acres over time.
For more information, visit millay.org.