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Steepletop, Austerlitz

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Steepletop, also known as the Edna St. Vincent Millay House, was the farmhouse home of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her husband Eugen Jan Boissevain, in Austerlitz, New York, United States. Her former home and gardens are maintained by the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, a nonprofit organization that also holds the rights to the poet's intellectual property. Steepletop was declared a National Historic Landmark on November 11, 1971.
The Millay Colony for the Arts, founded by Norma Millay Ellis, sister of the poet and heir to her estate, is located on an adjacent plot of land. In 1973, it was established as a separate nonprofit organization from the Edna St. Vincent Millay society (aka, "Millay Society").

The name Steepletop comes from a pink, conical wildflower that grows there. The Society opened the house for tours in 2010.
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  • The opportunity presented itself while attending a fundraiser at Steepletop. As part of the program we attended a house tour which was supported by very knowledgeable dozens in almost every room... 
    The opportunity presented itself while attending a fundraiser at Steepletop. As part of the program we attended a house tour which was supported by very knowledgeable dozens in almost every room...  more »
  • The home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. The volunteers and staff were cheerful and knowledgable. We took our 7 year old granddaughter along and she loved the....  more
    The home of Edna St. Vincent Millay, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. The volunteers and staff were cheerful and knowledgable. We took our 7 year old granddaughter along and she loved the....  more »
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  • Wonderful place, the home of poetess Edna St. Vincent Millay for the latter 25 years of her life. "Vincent," so-called by her friends, was one of the few poets in history to achieve the popularity of modern rock stars, deserved it, and deserves a revival of interest. Visit her home, commune with her spirit, and imbibe the venue where many of her greatest works were composed.
  • I just visited the gardens. The best part was hearing about her life from the ground keeper.

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