Celebrating the Legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Millay House Rockland is a new, nonprofit organization that champions poets, as well as creators and practitioners of all the arts. It celebrates the legacy of Edna St. Vincent Millay and the rich heritage of midcoast Maine. Central to the mission is rejuvenating the literary landmark that is the birthplace of the Pulitzer Prize winning poet. Millay was born in Rockland on February 22, 1892.

The mirror image double-house, built in 1891 on an elm-lined street in a booming seacoast city, will now be a home for literary and educational programs serving all ages. The house will be a place to explore the poet's life, as well as her works, and to imagine for a bit what it was like to be born into a working class family over 100 years ago. The house is being restored and re-purposed, an act of saving place, creating a home for Millay House Rockland. We are pleased to be playing a role in regional heritage conservation.

A Biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay

By Steve Cartwright

Millay House Rockland will partner with cultural organizations and universities to offer educational opportunities, writers-in-residence programs, and outreach activities that feature new artistic pieces, as well as existing works. Rockland is now recognized as a mecca for artists and their patrons. We are proud and excited to be a part of this artistic Renascence.

We envision an organization that inspires knowledge and appreciation of the life and work of Edna St. Vincent Millay, ensures quality education in the literary and fine arts, and encourages poets, writers, artists and other members of our creative community.

Board of Directors

Steve Cartwright
Michelle Gifford
Thomas Moore
Ann Morris
Mary Orear
Hannah Wells
Lisa Westkaemper

Millay House Rockland has been nominated to the National Historic Register by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission as the Singhi Double-House! Watch for news of this!

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198-200 Broadway, Rockland, Maine

Imagine Rockland, Maine in 1891, a rough and tumble sea coast city, booming with rapidly expanding industries - lime, shipping, fishing. Duplexes were springing up to meet the demand for work force housing. This is where our story about a little red head begins. Edna St. Vincent Millay was born in a double-house at 198/200 Broadway, during a raging snowstorm, on February 22, 1892. The house was new and the first occupants of the northside were Henry Tolman Millay and his wife, Cora Buzzell Millay.

In 1934, the story continues with the Rockland's Women's Educational Club. These women knew it was important to commemorate the poet and her birthplace, and they raised funds, one penny at a time, to place a commemorative wooden marker on the house. Their fundraising efforts exceeded their expectations and they were able to upgrade to a bronze plaque - and this was during the Great Depression.


I am very pleased and touched that so many women in the city in which I was born should wish to honour me in this way."

- Letter from Millay to Mrs. Perry Rich
president of Women's Educational Club.


The Millay House Rockland is almost finished, ready for phase three, and needs your help!

Years pass, the plaque is removed, the house is used much as any other house on the street, maybe even more so and sadly falls into disrepair. In 2015, the next chapter of the story begins with a group of neighbors and friends who met to tour a funky old falling down bright blue disaster of a sad house that was in danger of foreclosure, condemnation, and demolition. They remember, this is the house where Edna St. Vincent Millay was born.

In November of 2015 the Free Press wrote a wonderful article that outlined the dilemma of the house, a rescue mission. Roxanne Quimby saw that article and was very intrigued by the possibilities. She drove to Rockland that afternoon, met with one of the friends about the house, and the rest, as they say, is history. An act of saving a place for heritage conservation, and cultural tourism.

Fundraising efforts allowed the restoration of the exterior of the house to begin. It's not blue anymore. It's not sad anymore. It's not falling down anymore. It's not in danger of being torn down anymore. But, that's not the end of the story because we still have a great deal of work to do.

In 2017 we begin the next chapter, preserving this landmark, the birthplace of Edna St. Vincent Millay. The interior needs to be restored. The plumbing, the electrical systems, the plaster, the wood floors, it all needs attention and we need your help to make that happen.

Please consider donating to our building fund.

A Restoration In Progress