Back in May, we speculated that Furthur would not be making its way to Millbrook, N.Y., where Timothy Leary had established residency during his “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” phase in the mid 1960s.
We were wrong.
The tour has the Dutchess County village listed on its itinerary for an August 26 visit. However, the schedule implies nothing else is planned.
Leary established residency at one of the local estates in 1964. The Dietrich Estate, its gatehouse can be viewed by those traveling NYS Route 44A, briefly served as headquarters to promote his “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out” philosophy. What happened at the estate is recorded in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 novel Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, which recounts the cross-country trip Wolfe took along with Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, aboard the technocolored bus named Furthur.
As magical and whimsical the eyes of the “Baby-Boom Generation” may view Kesey’s journey, it’s not shared by all. Decades after Kesey and Leary finally left Millbook in 1970, residents still talk about the past as if speaking of their own misguided, adolescent children.
The psychedelic parties at the Dietrich Estate came to an end, thanks in large part to then-Dutchess County Assistant District Attorney G. Gordon Liddy.
Before his involvement with the Watergate burglaries, Liddy made a name for himself for his unrelenting pursuit of Leary. He initiated numerous busts on the estate, leading to arrests for narcotics, public nudity, and lewd and lascivious behavior.
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