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Grey Towers Virtual Tour - Final Stops

 

Next stop on the tour is the Letter Box. The Letter Box was built for Gifford by Cornelia to serve both as an office and an archive for his political papers, now in the Library of Congress as one of its largest collections. The inside contains a three-sided balcony reached by a metal spiral staircase painted black. The Letter Box was recently restored as a Save America's Treasures project--a program started by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Today the Letter Box is used for conservation education and interpretive programs and small meetings.

Photo of the Letter Box

 

 

 

 

Just north of the Letter Box is the Bait Box, seen at the far end of the reflecting pool and garden. It was built as a playhouse for Gifford and Cornelia's son, "Giffy", also nicknamed "Mr. Fish". The pool is narrower at the far end to create an illusion of distance. The Bait Box is now used as a charming meeting room for small conference groups.

 

Photo of the reflecting pool and gardens leading to the Bait Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The moat framing the front of the mansion is alive with color each year including lilypads and forsythia. Koi fish and frogs make their homes in the water.

 

Photo of the moat

 

 

 

This ends our virtual tour. I hope you enjoyed your visit and can come for the "real thing". A guide will take you through the mansion and gardens and explain much more about the house, the Pinchots and their lifestyle. Hope to see you soon.

 

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Photo of the moat draped with forsythia vines with the Grey Towers mansion in the background

 

 

 

 


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