Grey Towers celebrates Gifford Pinchot's birthday

Milford. Enjoy birthday cake and cookies, take a tour, and listen to a lecture on two towering conservationists, Gifford Pinchot and John Muir.

08 Aug 2019 | 04:48

Who was Gifford Pinchot, and why is his birthday celebrated every year at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford?

Learn the answers to these questions and more on Sunday, Aug. 11, as you take a tour of his ancestral home at Grey Towers, enjoy free birthday cookies, and attend a free lecture.

The USDA Forest Service leads tours every hour on the hour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tour fees are $8 for general admission, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for youth, and free for kids under 12.Birthday cookies will be served after every tour.

A free lecture at 5:30 p.m. will help you gain a deeper understanding of two forces for nature: Gifford Pinchot and John Muir. Learn how these two titans influenced each other and how their work continues to be relevant today.

Pinchot, who was born in 1865 and died in 1946, was the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. Muir was an environmental philosopher and an early advocate of wilderness preservation.

Birthday cake and coffee, provided by the Grey Towers Heritage Association, will follow the lecture.Reservations are suggested. Call 570-296-9630 or email more information visit