The questions people ask the most are answered below, or links are provided to more detailed information.

What is Grey Towers?

Grey Towers is a National Historic Site administered by the USDA Forest Service, donated by Gifford Pinchot's son, Dr. Gifford Bryce Pinchot, to carry on his father's conservation legacy.

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What can we do at Grey Towers?

You can take a guided tour of the first floor of the mansion and surrounding gardens, walk around the grounds and see the historic gardens, take a hike on the trails or attend a conservation education program or "Off-the-Shelf" public program.

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When can I take a tour?

Tours of the mansion and surrounding gardens are conducted daily on the hour from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October. More information on Tours

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Is there a fee for touring Grey Towers?

Yes, prices are as follows:


  • Adults - $8.00
  • Seniors - $7.00
  • Youth 12-17 - $5.00
  • Under 12 - Free

Groups (10 or more people)

  • Reservations are required for groups of ten or more
  • We request that groups make one consolidated payment

More information on Tours and Fees

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What events are scheduled at Grey Towers?

  • Check the Calendar of Events for an up-to-date schedule of events.
  • Check the 2015 Public Program Schedule for upcoming events

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Who can use the Conference Center at Grey Towers?

The Forest Service and other natural resource agencies, groups, associations and organizations and our partners can use the conference facilities. More information on the Conference Center at Grey Towers

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Can I have my wedding at Grey Towers?

As nice as the landscape is, it is not within the scope of the Grey Towers mission to host weddings or other private social functions.

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Is Grey Towers haunted?

There have been no documented sightings of ghosts, though some claim to have "felt" a presence. It depends on your personal interpretation.

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Why isn't there a dining room in the house?

Grey Towers served mainly as a summer home. Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot spent a lot of time outdoors. The outdoor dining table, also known as the Finger Bowl, served as their dining room.

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Are pets allowed at Grey Towers?

While you and your pet are welcome, there are some regulations to follow in order to make your visit a safe and enjoyable one for you and other visitors:

  • Pets must be leashed at all times
  • Pet excrement must be picked up and disposed of properly
  • Pets may not be left unattended
  • Pets must not be allowed to make excessive noise
  • Pets are not allowed to damage property or plants and may not disturb wildlife
  • Pets, other than service animals, may not enter the buildings

Please help keep the site open to your animal companions by respecting the resources and other visitors.

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