Historic Camden: Millay and Company
MILLAY AND COMPANY — Edna St. Vincent Millay and her Camden High School classmates on a seaside porch, likely at Ash Point in Rockland. Photo is labeled on verso "August 17, 1912." Millay is at left, reaching forward. The image was taken after their graduation in 1909, just days before Millay's "discovery" at Whitehall Inn in Camden on Aug. 29, 1912. Her sister Norma worked in the Whitehall Inn dining room and at a party the end of the season, Edna entertained the guests and staff with her singing and playing the piano. Her recital of her poem "Renascence" enthralled everyone including Caroline Dow, who arranged for Millay's scholarship to Vassar College. Dow introduced Edna to the literary community in New York, the launching pad for Millay's meteoric rise as poet and playwright.