Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the US Forest Service and twice Govenor of Pennsylvania.
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A guided tour of the mansion and grounds is an interesting and unique way to learn about how one family shaped and influenced our conservation ideals and values, while experiencing what life might have been like at Grey Towers in the early 20th century.

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SPRING 2014: REGULAR TOUR SEASON RESUMES

Tours run by the U.S. Forest Service

May 25th – November 1st
Everyday: 11AM – 4 PM  (Tours run on the hour)

Guided tours of the mansion and grounds share the story of the Pinchot family and the role Grey Towers played as they advanced their social, political and conservation ideals.

Special, Three-floor Tours on WEEKENDS ONLY, 10am & 4pm.
Regular tour fees apply.

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Saturday, April 26
Grey Towers Heritage 8K Run/Walk

An Earth Day 8KRun/Walk will start at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA and follow the Pinchot Greenway through Milford Borough to Milford Beach and back to Grey Towers. All proceeds go toward Grey Towers Heritage Association public programs. Information or to register call 570.296.9625 or email info@greytowers.org.

Co-sponsored by Grey Towers Heritage Association and US Forest Service at Grey Towers.

More Run/Walk information

MAY• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

MILFORD EXPERIMENTAL FOREST WORK DAY

Saturday, May 3
9 am – 1 pm

The Milford Experimental Forest is a 1,200-acre research forest owned by the Pinchot family that was established in 1901 for research by the Yale School of Forestry students. A conservation easement and participation in the Forest Legacy Program ensures public access forever.

Help build the first public trail through the historic Milford Experimental Forest (MEF) that will help connect the community, Grey Towers, the MEF and state lands. Come ready to work, no shorts, wear good shoes; bring water, work gloves, bagged lunch, insect repellent. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion at Grey Towers to carpool to the Forest, then hike to the trail section. Pre-registration required; call 570-296-9625 or email info@greytowers.org or more information and to reserve a spot. Required forms must be completed in advance. Safety Information.

Co-sponsored by Grey Towers Heritage Association and US Forest Service at Grey Towers.

FOREST WILDLIFE HABITAT RESTORATION PROGRAM

SATURDAY MAY 10
9 am-3pm

Participants will learn about forest wildlife habitat restoration projects being conducted on the Milford Experimental Forest property following recent gas pipeline upgrades. Reservations are required. Call or email Delaware Highlands Conservancy at 570-226-3164 or info@delawarehighlands.org Program begins at Grey Towers.

Co-sponsored by Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Pinchot Institute for Conservation, Pike-Monroe Woodland Owners Group and US Forest Service.

EVOLUTION OF THE GREY TOWERS LANDSCAPE: SPRINGTIME IN CORNELIA'S GARDENS,

SATURDAY, MAY 17
11:00 am

Come see the gardens awaken from their winter slumber. Meet Horticulturist Elizabeth Hawke at the Visitor Pavilion for a guided tour of native flowering shrubs; the historic Sweet Cherry Tree, which should be in full bloom; the flowering bulbs in the landscape; and a tour of the historic landscape. Reservations suggested, call 570-296-9630. Regular tour fees apply.

REGULAR TOUR SEASON RESUMES, EVERY DAY

SATURDAY, MAY 24 (Memorial Day Weekend)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (On the hour)

Guided tours of the mansion and grounds share the story of the Pinchot family and the role Grey Towers played as they advanced their social, political, and conservation ideals. Want to see all three floors of the mansion? Join us on weekends at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

LECTURE:
John James Audubon and Birds of America: Nationalism and the Roots of Conservation in the Early Republic

SATURDAY MAY 31
5:30 pm, FREE

In this illustrated lecture, art historian Kerry Dean Carso will demonstrate how John James Audubon’s extraordinary paintings of birds contributed to the development of American national identity and heightened Americans’ appreciation for wildlife, landscape, and the natural environment. Carso, associate professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, will explain how Audubon's art contributed to a sense of nationalism and helped plant the roots of future efforts for the conservation of natural resources. Light refreshments will be provided by the Gifford Pinchot chapter of National Audubon Society.

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COME PAINT WITH ME

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, FREE

This free plein air painting program is open to the public. Bring your own materials; Grey Towers provides the inspiration! This program is non-instructional. Meet at Grey Towers’ Visitor Pavilion for orientation. No reservations needed. Rain or shine. Free. 570–775–6896 or www.joanpolishook-art.com.

ARCHITECTURE TOUR

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11
5:30 PM

What does Grey Towers and the base of the Statue of Liberty have in common? Join us on this guided walk around the mansion to find out. Learn about interesting architectural features and the history behind the design of the 1886-mansion. Regular tour fees apply; pre-register at 570-296-9630.

HISTORIC PIANO CONCERT

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
5:30 PM

“Four Hands on Mozart’s Fortepiano,” performed by Gwendolyn Toth and Dongsok Shin, fortepianists, offers a program of duets by Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, similar to how the Pinchots enjoyed music at Grey Towers. Learn about the relationships between these composers and the differences between a modern piano and the fortepiano. Tickets: Kindred Spirits Arts Program, 570-296-7429 or online at www.kindredspiritsarts.org

Co-sponsored by Kindred Spirits Arts Program and the US Forest Service.

ART OF LACEMAKING

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
1:00 – 4:00 PM, FREE

Watch as the Lost Art Lacers of North New Jersey practice the art of lacemaking. Learn about the Pinchot lace collection. FREE and open to the public.

SCREEN ON THE GREEN OUTDOOR FAMILY FILM AND ACTIVITY

SATURDAY, JUNE 21
7pm for Activity; Dusk for the Film

Family film will entertain and educate about an environmental concern. Join us for a craft activity before the film, bring a picnic dinner too! Call 570-296-9625 or email info@greytowers.org for more details. Rain Date - Sunday, June 22, 2014.

JULY• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

FEE-FREE DAY AND ICE CREAM SOCIALGifford Pinchot Ice cream party

FRIDAY, FOURTH OF JULY
FREE

Help us celebrate OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY with a fee-free day and a re-creation of Gifford Pinchot's famous community ice cream social.

See all three floors of the mansion for free, 10 am to 4 pm; free ice cream in the outdoor amphitheatre from 2-4 pm.

In lieu of a fee, bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to an area food pantry.

Co-sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers.

ARTIFACT TOUR

SATURDAY, JULY 12
11:30 AM

Get up close and personal with some of the more popular artifacts in the Grey Towers’ collection, including art work, sculptures, furnishings, books and more! This tour focuses on all those cool things you see in the mansion but don’t have a chance to learn about!
Regular tour fees apply;
pre-register at 570-296-9630.

COME PAINT WITH ME

THURSDAY, JULY 17
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, FREE

This free plein air painting program is open to the public and is non-instructional. You can either join the artists or observe them at work in the fields and forests of Grey Towers for these outdoor painting and sketching sessions. Bring your own materials and a picnic lunch. No reservations needed. Rain or shine. FREE.
570-775-6896 or www.joanpolishook-art.com.

SCREEN ON THE GREEN FAMILY OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING AND ACTIVITY

SATURDAY, JULY 19
7 PM, FREE

Happy Feet Two,” a film for the whole family featuring a tap dancing penguin that lives in the Antarctic and illustrates some of the environmental challenges that the species is facing today, including climate change. Kids will pick up on the themes: believing in yourself; climate change; family relationships; being different...and working together.

Craft activity begins at 7 pm; all materials provided.
Film begins at dusk.
Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn.
Rain Date - Sunday, July 20, 2014.


 
Grey Towers Ampitheater in Pike County, Pennsylvania

AUGUST• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

TENTH ANNUAL Festival of Wood
FESTIVAL OF WOOD

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUGUST 2-3

Handmade crafts, music, arts, programs, children's activities, educational exhibits, and more!

 

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Happy Birthday Gifford Pinchot!

MONDAY, AUGUST 11
Begins at 11am, FREE

Help celebrate Gifford Pinchot's 149th birthday with a FEE FREE DAY! Guided tours of all three floors of the mansion, on the hour, beginning at 11 am.

OUTDOOR CLASSICAL MUSIC

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

Kindred Spirits Arts Program, outdoor classical music concert in our tented pool pavilion terrace. Additional information at www.kindredspiritsarts.org

COME PAINT WITH ME

THURSDAY, AUGUST 21
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, FREE

This free plein air painting program is open to the public and is non-instructional. You can either join the artists or observe them at work in the fields and forests of Grey Towers for these outdoor painting and sketching sessions. Bring your own materials and a picnic lunch. Meet near the mansion (Visitor Pavilion in inclement weather). No reservations needed. Rain or shine. Free. 570-775-6896 or www.joanpolishook-art.com

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TREE ID WALK

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
11:30 AM

Join us for this 1-hour walk to learn about the trees that the Pinchot family planted here. Participants will be given our new “Trees of Grey Towers” pamphlet. Regular tour fees apply and spots are limited; call 570-296-9630 to pre-register.

PINCHOT FAMILY AND MILFORD HISTORIC WALKING TOUR

SATURDAY, SEPT 13
11 AM

Join us on this guided walking tour and learn how the Pinchot family helped shape the community. Meet on the Community House lawn. Printed guide book included in fee. Call 570–296–9625 to save a spot.

Co-sponsored by Grey Towers Heritage Association and US Forest Service at Grey Towers

COME PAINT WITH ME

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, FREE

This free plein air painting program is open to the public and is non-instructional. You can either join the artists or observe them at work in the fields and forests of Grey Towers for these outdoor painting and sketching sessions. Bring your own materials and a picnic lunch. Meet near the mansion (Visitor Pavilion in inclement weather) for this final session of the season. No reservations needed. Rain or shine. Free. 570-775-6896 or www.joanpolishook-art.com

COMMUNITY APPRECIATION DAY AND NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
10 am – 4 pm

A FEE-FREE Day of self-guided mansion tours, music, children's programs, Smokey Bear and more! The best way we know to thank the community for their support all year-round. Rain or Shine.

Sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the US Forest Service with funding from the Orange and Rockland Utilities Community Fund.

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EVOLUTION OF THE GREY TOWERS LANDSCAPE: AUTUMN IN CORNELIA'S GARDENS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
1:30 PM

Brilliant red, yellow, and orange leaves will be ablaze for this landscape tour. Meet Horticulturist Elizabeth Hawke at the Visitor Pavilion to view the fabulous foliage displays of the native shrubs, Japanese maples, historic sugar maple planted by General William T. Sherman, and the historic landscape. Regular tour fees apply.

DRAMATIC READINGPoe Reading

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31
6:00 PM & 8:00 PM

Halloween Dramatic Reading, “A Night With Poe.” Fee. Contact info@greytowers.org or call 570–296–9625. More details to come.

Sponsored by the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the U.S. Forest Service at Grey Towers.

 

CEMETERY WALK

SATURDAY NOV 1
1:30 PM

Join us for a walk through the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town graveyard, on the grounds of Grey Towers. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot. Wear sturdy shoes. Regular tour fees apply. Call 570-296-9630 or info@greytowers.org.

Co-sponsored by the US Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

 

 

Grey Towers Heritage Association • P.O. Box 188 • Milford, PA 18337 • 570-296-9630 • info@greytowers.org