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.


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.  Learn more about the program.

Grey Towers Photo Policy

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


Calendar of Events

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

Virtual tour of Grey Towers

Take a virtual tour of Grey Towers National Historic Landmark.


  • SCA Horticulture Intern Link opens in a new window
    Expected Dates May 22, 2017 to August 13, 2017 Site Grey Towers National Historic Site Position ID PO-00722488 Your responsibilities will include: planting, preparing and maintaining flower beds, maintaining woody ornamentals and trees, and maintaining groomed lawns, (80%); assisting with design, layout and preparation of horticultural exhibits and interpretive programs for special events, (15%); researching and reviewing historic documents and photographs as related to garden restoration,(5%).
Grey Towers Heritage Association

Grey Towers Heritage Association