Preserve, Reinvigorate, Blossom

Showcasing Chautauqua’s rich heritage, the Miller Edison Cottage at 24 Miller Park — home of the Institution’s co-founder, Lewis Miller, dating from 1875 — is the only structure specifically designated as a National Historic Landmark on the grounds.

Join the effort to preserve the cottage owned by the Miller family for 140 years… largely unchanged and retaining many of its original furnishings. Now the property of the Institution thanks to a generous gift from Tom Hagen, the cottage has received tremendous support from the community to establish an endowment fund. Yet, there remain pressing needs for capital improvements. The community is invited to join this effort, as well as help reinvigorate the surrounding garden designed by groundbreaking female landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.

Make a gift today to ensure the Miller Edison Cottage will continue to stand as an architectural testament to the many generations who have passed through its doors, while extending an invitation for future generations to step into a bygone era surrounded by a blossoming botanical showcase. You can support this effort by making a gift to the restoration and future care of the garden, or toward improvements at the cottage. Click below for ways to give! 

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Skillfully designed, balancing formal and wild elements, the garden that surrounds the cottage was designed by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Your capital gift will reinvigorate a diversity of perennials, shrubs and trees, as well as restore pathways, a stone terrace, small pool and bubbling fountain.

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Help this space bloom for years to come by providing endowment support. The endowment will fund, in perpetuity, the maintenance, weeding, and perennial care required to have a healthy eco-system and beautiful gardens.

Endow the Garden



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An endowment has been raised for the future care and maintenance of the cottage, but there are structural, safety and accessibility concerns that must be addressed in the immediate future through significant capital investment. Your gift will help make these necessary updates by funding improvements recommended by preservation and structural architects.



 Your capital gift will support projects such as:

  • conducting a historic paint analysis
  • re-painting the cottage interior and exterior
  • installing new gutters and downspouts
  • refinishing flooring
  • installing a new basement slab
  • insulating the attic
  • repairing ceilings
  • upgrading plumbing
  • restoring windows and treatments

Donate to Cottage