Grey Towers National Historic Landmark

A view of Grey Towers

Grey Towers was the home of Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the US Forest Service and Pennsylvania Governor for two terms. Located in Milford, Pennsylvania, Grey Towers was completed in 1886 by Gifford's father, James Pinchot, a wealthy wallpaper merchant. Civic minded and a supporter of the arts, James and his wife, Mary, connected themselves with many influential people, among them Richard Morris Hunt, a leading architect of the era. Hunt designed their summer home to utilize both local materials and reflect the French heritage of the Pinchot family, who first settled in Milford in 1818. For two decades the Pinchots and their children enjoyed numerous summers at Grey Towers, entertaining guests for afternoon teas and dinner parties. Here James, disturbed by destructive logging practices then prevalent in the country, encouraged his eldest son, Gifford Pinchot, to consider a career in forestry.

In 1963, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, son of Gifford and Cornelia, donated Grey Towers and 102 acres to the US Forest Service, the federal agency founded by his father and which now administers the site. The US Forest Service works with numerous partners to carry on the Pinchot legacy by delivering public programs, interpretive tours and conservation education programs. Today, conferences and seminars at the estate bring together a diversity of leading conservation and environmental thinkers to help guide the future of natural resource conservation.


Recent News


Grey Towers Dramatic Reading Pays Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allen Poe

Tickets for the popular dramatic reading of selected works of Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, PA, will become available to the public on Sept. 29, 2015. 

Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park logo

Every Kid in a Park is an initiative to get every 4th grader in the nation to experience their federal lands and waters.  You can visit Every Kid in a Park website to learn more about the program including how 4th graders can acquire a special pass that can give them and their families free access to federal lands and waters (good for one year at federal sites throughout the nation).  


Essay Written to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Gifford Pinchot's Birth

Julie Dunlap’s essay calls attention to the shared views of Pinchot and renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Grey Towers Photo Policy

Information and forms on Formal/Private photo sessions and Commercial Filming and Still Photography other than personal use.


Virtual tour of Grey Towers

Take a virtual tour of Grey Towers National Historic Landmark.

Calendar of Events

Plan to spend some time enjoying Grey Towers by viewing the upcoming events.