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Walking Tour of Millbrook

"Hidden in Plain Sight"
Fri Sep 30th, 2016

We have received the following Press Release: 

The Millbrook Historical Society will hold a self-guided walking tour on October 8, 2016, featuring ten buildings that played significant roles in the area’s development over the last 250 years.  While many of the sites on the tour may be familiar to people who have spent time in the village, their history – and the stories of the people who lived and worked in the buildings – is less well known.   

The open house will be a rare opportunity to explore Millbrook’s hidden past.  Visitors can tour a building that housed an Italian grocery in the early 1900s, built to cater to the village’s large immigrant population.  They can visit the home that served as a courtroom during the days when Timothy Leary was the village’s most infamous resident or explore the structure that was built in the 1890s as a gentlemen’s club for, as the local newspaper described them, “the best citizens of our town.” They can walk through the oldest building in the village, a farmhouse constructed in the 1750s, or examine the architecture of the newest major addition to the community, the headquarters of Thorndale Farm, whose Millbrook connections date to the 18th century.      

The event will include programs for children as well as adults.  There will be live blacksmith demonstrations near the site of a former blacksmith shop; a scavenger hunt with prizes for those who complete it; examples of classic cars at the spot where Fords and Studebakers were sold in the village in the 1930s and 40s; and stories and songs about the region from renowned raconteur Bindlestick Bill.   

The open house will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 10am to 4pm.  Visitors can tour the ten locations, which will be staffed with docents and include displays of historic photos and information about the structures’ previous incarnations, at their own pace during these hours. 

Tickets, available at the Millbrook Farmers Market on October 1 and 8, are $10 for adults, $5 for children, or $20 for a family.  For members of the Millbrook Historical Society there is a 50% discount. 

For more information, visit the Millbrook Historical Society’s Facebook page or to volunteer to help with the event, please call Robert McHugh at (845) 677-4381 or email