Why are the poet and our Camden Maine hotel so intimately linked? Many people know that the famous poet Edna St. Vincent Millay was discovered at Whitehall. But how and when?
It Started at a Party
Millay's sister, Norma, worked at Whitehall as a waitress during the summer months. On August 29, 1912, Millay was attending a party for the guests and it was then that she recited her celebrated poem Renascance to an enraptured audience of guests and staff.
The poem was written atop Mt. Battie, just above the back side of Whitehall. One of the hotel's guests was so taken with the talented young "Vincent" (as Millay was known to call herself), she sponsored her college education at Vassar. Millay went on to become one of America’s favorite poets.
Millay & the Hotel Today
The room in the inn where Millay was discovered features a new portrait of the poet and our restaurant honors her in its name. We are thrilled to provide a glimpse into the life and writings of such a fine and accomplished writer.
“All I could see from where I stood was three long mountains and a wood. I turned and looked another way and saw three islands in a bay.” -- "Renascence" by Edna St. Vincent Millay