Free Ice Cream and Mansion Open House at Grey Towers


Gifford holding a baby in his arms with people in background

Gov. Gifford Pinchot enjoys a sweet treat with an unidentified child at his annual community ice cream social, circa 1930’s. The public is invited to a free ice cream social on Saturday Sept 28 as part of National Public Lands Day.

MILFORD, PA – A fun, fee-free day on Saturday, Sept 28 from 11 am-4 pm at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, Pa, will feature an Open House of the historic mansion, a special historic exhibit and a re-creation of Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s annual ice cream social with free ice cream from 2-4 pm.

In lieu of a fee, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy on the estate grounds.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the events are held to commemorate National Public Lands Day and to show appreciation to the community for support throughout the year.

The free ice cream social is a re-creation of the ice cream socials that Gov. Gifford Pinchot and his wife Cornelia offered for the community at Grey Towers when they lived here in the 1920’s and 1930’s, The re-creation is just one of the many programs that carry on the traditions and legacy of the Pinchot family at their ancestral home.

Northeast Tower with flowers

It’s rare that the public can see all three floors of the Grey Towers mansion. From 11 am- 4 pm visitors can wander through the museum rooms and the upper floors, free of charge. A special exhibit featuring artifacts that illustrate the social activist life of Cornelia Pinchot, with an emphasis on her involvement with the suffrage movement, will be available for part of the day. Visitor films will be shown from 11 am – 4 pm, and visitors may especially appreciate the film of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Grey Towers on Sept. 23, 1963.

The events are rain or shine. For information please call 570-296-9630 or send email to