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Grey Towers National Historic Site
Frequently Asked Questions
The questions people ask the most are answered below, or links are provided to more detailed information.
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.
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.
What events are scheduled at Grey Towers?
Check the Calendar of Events for an up-to-date schedule of events.
How do I get to Grey Towers?
Click here for directions.
The Visitor Parking Lot is situated about 600 yards from the mansion. The walkway is designed to mimic the original carriageway and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the meandering walk approaching the mansion. There is a slight incline and benches along the way are intended to provide rest stops. Allow about 10 minutes from the parking lot to the mansion and please do not rush.
There are two handicap parking spots adjacent to the mansion for those with appropriate vehicle identification. Please follow the handicap parking signs straight up the driveway.
For those with limited mobility, please consider the drop-off option at the handicap parking area adjacent to the mansion; after dropping off, please have your driver park in the parking lot to keep the handicap parking spaces open. You can get picked up at the handicap parking area after your visit.
The parking lot gates are locked at 5: 30 pm from May 1-Oct. 31. All other times the gates are locked at 4:30 pm. All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot before the gates are locked.
For more information please call 570-296-9630.
As founder and first chief of the USDA Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot implemented the groundbreaking concept of conservation, or sustainable use of our natural resources. An eminent conservationist, he helped create the National Forest System, which today comprises nearly 193 million acres. As two-term governor of Pennsylvania, Gifford along with his wife Cornelia, made tremendous changes in the economic, social and political climate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
James and Mary Pinchot, Gifford's parents, built Grey Towers in 1886. James was a wealthy businessman who made a fortune in wallpaper. A patron of the arts, he was a supporter of the Hudson River School of Painting and was cofounder of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He had a strong conservation ethic and encouraged his son Gifford to pursue forestry as a career.
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.
There have been no documented sightings of ghosts, though some claim to have "felt" a presence. It depends on your personal interpretation.
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.
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:
Please help keep the site open to your animal companions by respecting the resources and other visitors.
USDA Forest Service - Grey Towers National Historic Site