Perched high on a hill overlooking the Delaware River Valley is a lovely mansion
reminiscent of a 15th-century French chateau. In silent glory it stands, a monument to the
birth of forestry and conservation in America. It’s known as Grey Towers. Located in
Milford, Pennsylvania, Grey Towers is a worthwhile attraction for anyone interested in
American history, conservation or life in the 19th-century.
As explained in the free
45-minute tours held every hour, the landmark was built in 1886 by the family of Gifford
Pinchot, considered to be the father of forestry in America. More renowned, perhaps, as a
former two-time governor of Pennsylvania, Pinchot served as the first chief of the U.S.
Forest Service. The estate is a National Historic Landmark, opened in 2001 after renovation
by the U.S. Forest Service. Open from Memorial Day through October, it is located just off
Interstate 84 and U.S. Highway 6 in Milford, Pennsylvania.
For more information, call (570)
296-9630, or go to www.fs.fed.us/na/gt/index.shtml.