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Steepletop: Millay's Home
Located in Austerlitz, New York, in the Taconic Ridge near the Berkshire Mountains, Steepletop was Millay's beloved home from 1925 until her death in 1950. It was here that Millay and her husband, Eugen Boissevain, created a sanctuary that became at once a place of retreat for a creative writer and a center of relaxation and entertainment for friends and relatives.
Steepletop remains very much as the poet left it upon her death. It includes a simple farmhouse, built in 1892 and later remodeled by the poet, a writing cabin, an ice house and extensive gardens, as well as several hundred acres of surrounding farmland (which abuts two state forests). Most of Millay's possessions and her library remain on view, providing a sense of the poet's working life in this rural locale.
At present, Steepletop is not open to the public. The Millay Society's goal is to open Steepletop to the public via tours on a regular basis once we've completed our restoration program.
Steepletop is a National
Historic Landmark. The National Historic
Landmark program is managed by the Heritage Preservation
Services, a division of the National Park Service.
The property is also chartered as a house-museum
under the New York State Department of Education's
Board of Regents.
The house at Steepletop today.