Millbrook's Migdale estate designed after Scottish castle enjoyed by Carnegie family
When Margaret Carnegie was born in March 1897, the only child of Scottish-American industrialist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, she entered a life of wealth and privilege. Often cited as one of the richest people in history, the elder Carnegie transformed his early modest existence into a life in which he owned numerous residences, including Skibo Castle in Scotland, a structure that dates to 1212.
On April 22, 1919, just four months before her father’s death, Margaret married Roswell Miller Jr. at the Carnegie family home at 2 East 91st St. in New York City. Miller was a successful civil engineer and real estate executive, and the wedding received extensive coverage in The New York Times.
In the mid-1920s, along with other families of wealth in search of upstate property, Miller purchased 700 acres in Millbrook and enclosed the entire parcel with a 12-foot wire fence to protect his private herd of deer and elk. He established two entrances to the estate, one along Route 44 west of the Hamlet of Mabbettsville, and the other on Butts Hollow Road.
In 1927, financed by a gift from Margaret’s mother, Louise Whitfield Carnegie, Miller had a 22-room stone and wood mansion built on the estate in the style of Skibo Castle. It was named Migdale after his wife’s nickname, Midge.
Guests visiting the expansive, opulent structure arrived at a majestic porte cochere and into a 20- by 30-foot entrance hall that featured a grand staircase leading to the second floor. Entertaining was not a problem in the mansion’s 35- by 58-foot living room.
Dinner parties were held in a 20- by 30-foot dining room, and to maintain a tranquil atmosphere for adults, the house was also fitted with a separate dining room for children. And with 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and another eight half-bathrooms, overnight guests were well accommodated, perhaps more so than in their own homes.
Each of the first-floor rooms featured exposed beam ceilings and dark oak wood floors. An unusual but welcoming feature in the dwelling was a 30- by 30-foot conservatory, where the Millers housed tropical birds and plants.
“I arrived in Millbrook in 1970 and two weeks before Christmas I received an invitation to attend a carol singalong at Migdale,” said David Brinkerhoff. “Apparently, Roswell invited everyone in the community to his annual event. There were 200 to 300 people there and I recall an impressive 6-foot-long fireplace and someone playing an organ while everyone sang. Roswell greeted everyone as they arrived.”
The grounds featured a 35- by 75-foot swimming pool with three diving boards. Among the outbuildings on the estate, Miller added a four-car stone garage, an eight-room superintendent’s house, a gardener’s cottage, three greenhouses and four barns.
While some of the surrounding estate owners used their respective properties for weekend and/or summer getaways, the Millers maintained Migdale as their primary residence. That said they were known to spend long periods at Skibo Castle in Scotland, the very structure after which their home was designed.
To facilitate an easy traveling option, following World War ll, Miller had a 2,500-foot landing strip installed on the estate to accommodate private aircraft.
“The Roswells were wonderful people,” said John Kading. “They were members of Lyall Memorial Federated Church, where I went, and he invited the Christian Endeavor Society to Migdale for Easter. We were 12-14 years old at the time and it was just wonderful.”
Miller and Margaret Carnegie divorced in 1953, with Miller retaining the Millbrook estate and Carnegie relocating to Connecticut. He died in 1983, at 88 years old, while Margaret lived to the age of 93, passing away in 1990.
In 2000, the current owners of Migdale purchased the estate and embarked on a four-year renovation of the four-story residence. The 34,000-square foot home was fitted with a number of modern amenities.
Migdale is at 3872 Route 44, Millbrook.
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Roswell Miller Jr. (1894 - 1983)
Son of Roswell Miller Sr. and Mary Louise (Roberts) Miller
Brother of Dorothy Roswell MillerDescendants
Father of Louise Carnegie (Miller) Thomson, Roswell Miller III, Barbara L. (Miller) Lawson and Margaret Morrison (Miller) Flockhart
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Roswell was born in Chicago on October 16, 1894. In 1983, he had 13 Grandchildren & 20 Great Grandchildren.
New York Times, Engagement Announcement - "Andrew Carnegie's Daughter to Wed" - November 29, 1918
- ↑ "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVJP-S7CL : 16 March 2018), Roswell Miller, 1917; citing Passport Application, New York, United States, source certificate #53068, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, Roll 362, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ28-7HP : accessed 1 June 2018), Roswell Miller in household of Mrs. Mary L Miller, Washington, Dutchess, New York, United States; citing ED 84, sheet 1A, line 4, family 1, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1097; FHL microfilm 1,821,097.
- "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2477-CZG : 10 February 2018), Roswell Miller and Margaret Carnegie, 22 Apr 1919; citing Marriage, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, New York City Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,643,257.
- "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X7C4-R5G : accessed 1 June 2018), Roswell Miller, Washington, Dutchess, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 90, sheet 9A, line 28, family 202, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1421; FHL microfilm 2,341,156.
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Margaret Carnegie Miller
For other people named Margaret Miller, see Margaret Miller (disambiguation).
Margaret Carnegie Miller (March 30, 1897 – April 11, 1990) was the only child of industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and Louise Whitfield, and heiress to the Carnegie fortune.
A native of Manhattan, New York City, from 1934 to 1973, Miller was a trustee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grant-making foundation. The foundation was established by her father in 1911. From 1973 until her death in 1990, she was an honorary lifetime trustee.
On April 22, 1919, four months before her father's death, Margaret married Roswell Miller Jr. (1894-1983) at the Carnegie family home at 2 East 91st Street in New York City. Officiating at the wedding were Rev. William Pierson Merril, pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, where Margaret and Mrs. Carnegie were members, and Rev. Henry Sloane Coffin, pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church where Mr. Carnegie was a member. Margaret Carnegie's marriage to Roswell Miller ended in divorce in 1953. During the divorce, she lost her Atlantic Beach summer house.  Miller had four children: Louise, Roswell III, Barbara, and Margaret.
Miller died on April 11, 1990, at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut, at the age of 93.
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- ^Rosenfield, Patricia L. (2014). A World of Giving: Carnegie Corporation of New York—A Century of International Philanthropy. PublicAffairs. p. 158. ISBN . Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- ^"Roswell Miller Jr". The New York Times. September 29, 1983. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
- ^"Bagpipe Tunes At Carnegie Wedding". New York Times. November 29, 1918. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
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- ^Johnson, Kirk (28 November 1996). "Carnegie Descendant Finds Personal Stake in Historical Study". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
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