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Gifford Bryce Pinchot Exhibit

A Playful Past


“A Playful Past for Gifford Bryce Pinchot” exhibit is now on view during museum tours until the end of the visitor season!

Gifford “Giffy” Bryce Pinchot (1915-1989) was the only child of Gifford (1865-1946) and Cornelia Pinchot (1881-1960). He was born on December 22, 1915, in New York City and spent much of his childhood at Grey Towers. Featured in this exhibit are select objects from the Grey Towers collection highlighting these early years that fostered his sense of adventure.

Gifford Bryce would go on to graduate from Yale, serve in the Navy, and earn his Doctorate in Medicine from Columbia Medical School. He became a full-time professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was a man of many diverse hobbies. He was an avid sailor, a licensed pilot, blacksmith, and boat builder. Upon inheriting Grey Towers after his mother’s passing in 1960, he generously donated Grey Towers and 102 acres of surrounding land to the Forest Service in 1963 to continue his father’s conservation work.

Ticketed tours that view this exhibit are Thursdays through Mondays at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm. Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour at our visitor center starting at 10:30 am.

For more information visit fs.usda.gov/greytowers or www.facebook.com/GreyTowersNHS 

USDA Photo Credit Katie Ulmer and Grey Towers NHS Collection Archives.

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