Otherwise known as the Gifford Pinchot House, Grey Towers is the historic stone house that once belonged to Gifford Pinchot, a two-time governor of Pennsylvania and first ever chief of the US Forest Service.
The house – or, rather, mansion – is built in a French architectural style as an homage to the Pinchot family’s French heritage. It’s three stories tall, with round, grey stone towers rising from three of the corners… hence the name. In addition to the beauty of the house, the grounds are likewise magnificent. The landscaping is immaculate, and the view from the lawn is extensive.
A tour of the grounds is free and self-guided. Entry into the house itself (aside from the museum and gift shop) is by guided tour and costs $8 per person. As we were on the way home from our Memorial Weekend camping trip and didn’t have a lot of time to spare, we opted to just do the free activities and then eat a picnic lunch on the front lawn before heading home.
I’d love to return some day and tour the inside of the house, because I’m sure it’s every bit as stunning as the exterior. In the meantime, an assortment of photos from our visit are below.
The Important Stuff:
- Getting there: located 5 mins off I-84 along US 6 East in Milford, PA
- Fees & passes: entry, parking, and self-guided tour of the grounds is free; guided 1-hour tours of the house are $8 per person (interagency annual pass NOT accepted)
- Camping: none at the National Historic Site, but many camping and hotel options in the surrounding area
- Hiking: none
- Other: the website and signs on site warn of the 600 foot, inclined walk up to the mansion from the parking area, so if you’re planning to attend a tour, make sure to arrive early enough to allow time for this walk