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Grey Towers National Historic Site - Milford, PA

Historic Site or District
The historic mansion is the ancestral home of the Pinchot family. Today it serves as a conservation learning and conference center and historic museum. – Tammy Current

Grey Towers, located in Milford, Pennsylvania, was originally the summer estate of the James Pinchot family and later the primary home of Gifford Pinchot, America’s first forester and founder of the USDA Forest Service.

Grey Towers was built in 1886 by James and Mary Pinchot 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. James encouraged his eldest son Gifford to consider a career in forestry, thus introducing the idea of conservation to America.

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 was always bustling with activity and was central to advancing the Pinchots’ social, political and conservation ideals. In 1963 the Pinchot family donated Grey Towers and its surrounding 102 acres to the US Forest Service.

See the video below of President John F. Kennedy dedicating The Pinchot Institute at Grey Towers in Milford, PA, September 24, 1963.

Accessibility Notes

Much of the site is handicapped accessible (some outbuildings are not).

Pet Friendly Notes

Leashed pets are permitted on the grounds; owners must clean up after. Service animals permitted in historic buildings.

Time Period Represented

The mansion was built in 1886 and served as the Pinchot family home until 1963, when it was donated to the public and dedicated by President John F. Kennedy.


Seasons Open

Mansion tours offered Memorial Day - October 31, every day on the hour 11 am to 4 pm. Grounds are open year-round from dawn to dusk


Mansion tour fees are: Adults: $8; seniors: $7; Children (12 and under: $5; Under 12 Free. Free entry to site; free parking; free self-guided tour of the grounds.

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