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James Pinchot built Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, as the summer home for himself and his family. Following James’ death, his son Gifford, America’s first forester and founder of the USDA’s Forest Service, used the estate as his primary home. This 1886 house has a commanding view of the Delaware River and the surroundings mountains.
During our late-April visit the grounds were open, as they are year ’round from sunup to sundown, but the house was not. House tours begin on Memorial Day weekend and are conducted through the end of August.
Built in 1886 by James and Mary Pinchot, Grey Towers was used as a summer retreat. It was James who first recognized the reckless destruction of natural resources that was overtaking the nation in the 19th century. For a man who made his fortune in the timber industry, this was startling position. James encouraged Gifford, his eldest son, to take up a career in forestry. The idea of conservation in America was born with James suggestion.
Gifford Pinchot went on to establish and serve as the first Chief of the US Forest Service, and he was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania. Between family, friends and political associates, Grey Towers always bustled with activity. Here the Pinchots’ conducted their affaires in the social, political and conservation arenas. In 1963 the Pinchot family donated Grey Towers and its surrounding 102 acres to the US Forest Service.
The Grey Towers Heritage Association (GTHA) proudly supports efforts that get the word about how this estate and the Pinchot family that owned influenced the American people and their government to think seriously and act to preserve the nation’s natural beauty. Along with US Forest Service GTHA maintains the estate´s historic place in America.
Written Jul 12, 2009
Address: Milford PA
I was so pleasantly surprised when I saw a sign for Grey Towers and I decided to drive a couple miles off the main road to check it out. Before I had visited Grey Towers, I had heard of Gifford Pinchot, but never realized his historical significance to the United States. For those who don't know, he is the father of the National Forestry Service.
This absolutely beautiful mansion has been in the Pinchot family since it was completed in 1886. Gifford Bryce Pinchot, Gifford's son, donated the home to the National Foresty Service in 1963 along with 102 acres of land.
The home was designed by Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect from the era. Mr. Hunt is best know for his work on summer homes for aristocrats in Newport, RI such as the Vanderbilts. He designed the ever popular Breakers home. He also designed the Statue of Liberty Pedestal, the Biltmore House (George W. Vanderbuilt Mansion), the gymnasium at the United States Military Academy, at West Point, the Academic Building, United States Military Academy, at West Point, the Fogg Museum (Hunt Hall), at Harvard University, and the
Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Visitors can enjoy a tour of the home and gardens for a small fee, no more than $5.00 per person. Tours are offered from 10 to 4 daily Memorial day throuh the end of October. Special tours are offered during the first tour on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors may also view a brief, 15-minute video in the Letter Box daily during the tour season on the half-hour from 10:30 until 3:30. Moview titles include: To the South Seas, The Kennedy Dedication, or Pinchot Family Movies. There is no fee to view the films. Bring your cash here since they do not currently take credit or debit cards, or checks.
Written Aug 14, 2006
Address: 151 Grey Towers Drive
Phone: (570) 296-9630
VERY WESTSIDE MEETS THE EASTSIDE ....WEEKENDERS AND BIGSPENDERS AND PRETENDERS IN THIS VERY HI TECH LUX BAR DOWN UNDER DL.....GREAT MARTINIS AND COSMOS AT THE WELL APPOINTED BAR .....A NICE ADDITION TO BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN "MILLYFORD"......SOME TRENDY FRIENDS OF DORTHY AND THE OZ
Dress Code: NYC ...SOHO DRESS CODE IN EFFECT
Written Dec 17, 2006
Address: BROAD ST HOTEL F....DOWNUNDER THE STAIRS
Favorite thing: The wonderfully classic theater is home to the Black Bear Film Festival. The theater looks like it is about to fall down, however a new screen was purchased in 2003 by supporters of the film festival. For more information contact the theater at 717-296-9941 or for information on the festival click the link below:
Written Aug 14, 2006