Millbrook House is the Dutchess County, N.Y. mansion where the recently de-prof'ed Timothy Leary carried on his psychedelic research from 1963 to 1966. Harvard-exiled and not ashamed of it, Leary was supplied the mansion by the Mellon-Hitchcock boys, and the estate soon became a sober-on-the-outside, not-very on the inside refuge and rec room for the hallucinogenically hip. Leary claimed "anthropologist!" but the authorities cried "aberrant!" and the idyll was crashed by, of all people, G. Gordon Liddy in a snively move that presaged his later career.
Thousands of people flocked to the corner of Haight and Ashbury during the Summer of Love, but few saw the unfolding phenomenon as clearly as Gene Anthony did. From his apartment one block up the hill, he witnessed the extraordinary pilgrimage of young people from across the country as they trooped to San Francisco in search of answers, approval and love, and he captured the compelling vignettes through his telling lens. Anthony's photographic talent, subjects and well-deserved acclaim extend far beyond the psychedelic period, but his ability to capture a mood on a face or the essence of an era from a simple street sign was recognized and refined during that time. His photographs have, in turn, become the myriad faces of the Summer of Love.