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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2014 TOUR SEASON

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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th - LAST TOUR OF THE DAY IS 2 PM.
The site will be closed at 2:30pm for a private function.

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COME PAINT WITH ME

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28
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, SEPTEMBER 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.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

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, FREE

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.

 

9am - 12pm: Help us stabilize an important section of the existing Forest Discovery Trail.Storms and time have taken their toll on sections of the Forestry Discovery Trail and we need your help to repair the damage. We plan to reinforce the trail surface with wood chips along the trail surface.This trail is used by visitors and school groups to learn about forest health and science, today’s forestry Challenges and the history of forest conservation in America, including a re-created campsite used in the early 20th Century by students of the Yale School of Forestry. Info: Robert Remillard, Phone: 585-764-8611, Email: remrdr@gmail.com

10am - 4pm: Free self guided mansion tours

 

12pm - 1pm: Listen to local musician John Curtin and the Trim Trio

 

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Enjoy a puppet show for the whole family by famous magician John Carlson

 

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

 

 
Grey Towers Ampitheater in Pike County, Pennsylvania

OCTOBER• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4th - LAST TOUR OF THE DAY IS 2 PM. The site will be closed at 2:30pm for a private function.

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.

 

Tickets will go on sale September 29th.

 

More details to come.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

 

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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.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association.

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Charles Dickens a christmas carol

"A Christmas Carol"
THREE SHOWS!

Saturday, Dec. 6

11:00 am and 4:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 7
1:00 pm

Tickets will go on sale November 1st.

Now in its 33rd year, “A Christmas Carol” dramatic reading will be performed by Joe Plummer Jr., founder and director of ‘Gotta Kid To Feed Productions,’ a digital media company, and Therese Plummer, an actor and award winning voice over artist living and working in New York City. Both are the children of Joe Plummer Sr. of Delaware, who performed the readings for the first 30 years and recently retired.

Dramatic readings were a popular form of entertainment when Grey Towers was occupied by the Pinchot family in the late 1800s through mid-twentieth century. The US Forest Service and Grey Towers Heritage Association re-create these literary programs with readings and dramatizations.

 

Holiday Mansion Tours

Dates and times to be announced.

Front door with wreath

Guided tours of all three floors of the mansion, beautifully decorated for the season by the U.S. Forest Service and the Milford Garden Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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