CASTALIA

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CASTALIA

“…in Castalia he had a facsimile of what Huxley had dreamed of in Island: a stable, mentally enriching environment detached from the stresses of the modern industrial state.”
—Jay Stevens, Storming Heaven

In 1963, having just been thrown out of Harvard, Timothy Leary was presented with the opportunity to create a world of his own in Millbrook, NY. Peggy Hitchcock, a Mellon family heiress offered up the estate that her brothers had just bought as a tax shelter: five square miles, with numerous buildings, woods, orchards and ponds in Dutchess County, about 90 miles north of New York City.

Here, Leary founded a research center of sorts, dedicated to opening Blake’s doors of perception for a new generation. Life centered around The Big House, a sprawling Victorian with worn red carpeting, gold-ceiling rooms, spontaneous shrines and psychedelic wall paintings. The gardens were shaped like the sun and the moon.

- Kate Glicksberg

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