Millbrook, New York

Millbrook is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. Millbrook is located in the Hudson Valley, on the east side of the Hudson River, 90 miles (140 km) north of New York City. Millbrook is near the center of the town of Washington, of which it is a part. As of the 2010 census, Millbrook's population was 1,452. It is often referred to as a low-key version of the Hamptons, and is one of the most affluent villages in New York.[3]

Franklin Ave
Etymology: From local estate
Location of Millbrook, New York
Location of New York in the United States
Coordinates: 41°47′5″N 73°41′16″W
CountryUnited States
StateNew York
  MayorRodney Brown[1]
  Total1.9 sq mi (5 km2)
480 ft (150 m)
Highest elevation
(N of SE corner)
870 ft (270 m)
Lowest elevation
(East Branch Wappinger Creek at W village line)
450 ft (140 m)
  Density764.3/sq mi (295.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s)845
FIPS code36-47273
GNIS feature ID0957288
Wikimedia CommonsMillbrook, New York

Millbrook is part of the PoughkeepsieNewburghMiddletown Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New YorkNewarkBridgeport Combined Statistical Area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.901 square miles (4.92 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (2.60%) is water.


Historical population
Est. 20161,413[2]−2.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,429 people, 678 households, and 361 families residing in the village. The population density was 764.3 people per square mile (295.0/km²). There were 744 housing units at an average density of 397.90 per square mile (153.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 95.90% white, 2.70% African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.30% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.

There were 678 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.6% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.8% were non-families. 40.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the village, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $68,552, and the median income for a family was $96,473. Males had a median income of $67,917 versus $57,400 for females. The per capita income for the village was $49,114. About 1.0% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 1.9% of those age 65 or over.


Millbrook is the site of the Hitchcock Estate, which Timothy Leary made a nexus of the psychedelic movement in the 1960s and where he conducted research and wrote "The Psychedelic Experience".

Schools and colleges

Millbrook was also the location of the campus of the former Bennett College, which closed in 1978.

Points of interest

  • Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum
  • Innisfree Garden
  • Nine Partners Meeting House
  • Wing Castle
  • Rocky Reef Trebuchet (Stanfordville)
  • Millbrook Winery and Vineyard
  • Wethersfield House and Gardens
  • Mashomack Preserve Club polo fields
  • Orvis Sandanona
  • Carey Institute of ecosystem studies
  • Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School
  • Bennett College (ruins)


Millbrook is served by Dutchess County Public Transit's route "D" bus.[6]

Notable people

  • Oakleigh Thorne, July 31, 1866 − May 23, 1948), an American businessperson, a publisher of tax guides, a banker, and a philanthropist. Died after a fall on his property in Millbrook called Thornedale. Former president of the village of Millbrook
  • Oakleigh Thorne, President and CEO Gogo
  • Liam Neeson, actor
  • James Gorman, CEO Morgan Stanley
  • John Wesley Hanes II, (1892-1987) investment banker and corporate turnaround specialist who served as undersecretary of the United States Treasury and was president of the New York Racing Association and a thoroughbred racehorse owner and breeder named an exemplar of racing
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., congressman[7]
  • Richard Migliore, (1964-) 2005 Jockey of the Year; retired in 2010
  • Rick Ocasek, (March 23, 1944 – September 15, 2019), former lead singer the Cars, singer, songwriter, producer, writer, artist
  • Paulina Porizkova, supermodel
  • Bette Midler, singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, philanthropist
  • Timothy Leary, Harvard psychologist involved in the "psychedelic movement" lived with the Mellon siblings from 1963-1968. He was arrested here by G. Gordon Liddy, then an assistant district attorney for Dutchess County, New York.
  • Walter C. Teagle, (1878-1962) president of Standard Oil
  • Mary Tyler Moore, (1936-2017) actress
  • Mindy Grossman, CEO of Weight Watchers
  • Gerardo Colacicco, pastor of Saint Joseph - Immaculate Conception, auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of New York.[8]
  • Hamilton Fish IV congressman who resided in Millbrook while serving in office.[9]


  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. Axelson, Ben (2017-08-07). "The richest places in each of New York's 62 counties". newyorkupstate. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  4. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. "Route D Monday through Saturday Bus Schedule Poughkeepsie to Millbrook and Wassaic | Division of Public Transit". Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  7. Mcquiston, John T. (18 August 1988). "Franklin Roosevelt Jr., 74, Ex-Congressman, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  8. Zwiling, Joseph; Anderson, Mercedes. "Pope Francis Appoints Two New Auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of New York". Archdiocese of New York. Archdiocese of New York. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics 1988. National Journal. p. 843.
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