Tickets for holiday favorite at Grey Towers now on sale

Milford. "Christmas Carol" kicks off the holiday tour season, when visitors get to visit parts of the historic mansion not usually open to the public. A photography exhibit features photographs taken by members of the Pike Imaging Council, all creatively depicting Grey Towers and its landscape.

06 Nov 2019 | 04:58

Tickets for the 39th annual dramatization of Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford are now on sale.

Performances are planned for Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available online at greytowers.org or by calling 570-296-9625. No tickets can be reserved without payment and tickets are non-refundable.

The Dickens program is the kick-off for the annual holiday tour schedule at Grey Towers, when visitors can see all three floors of the decorated mansion from Monday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Professional actors Joe and Therese Plummer of New York City recently stepped in to perform the traditional holiday classic at Grey Towers following more than three decades of performances by their father, Joe Plummer Sr. The performance uses no costumes or scenery and leaves much to one’s imagination, just as stories were told or read in the 19th century.

Tour the upper floors

The 1886 mansion, formerly the home of Gov. Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, will once again be decorated by members of the Milford Garden Club. The special holiday tours bring visitors to all three floors of the mansion; the upper floors usually are not open to the public for tours.

In addition, visitors can enjoy a holiday photography exhibit featuring photographs taken by members of the Pike Imaging Council, all creatively depicting Grey Towers, the landscape, and forests or trees.

The Grey Towers Interpretive Gift Shop is open from Dec. 9-22, offering unique holiday gift items provided by Eastern National Forests Interpretive Association.

Guided tour fees are: $8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth; under 12 free. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and are offered before noon each day that the mansion is open for public tours. Interagency Passes are honored at Grey Towers.

For more information about the Christmas Carol programs, call 570-296-9625 or email info@greytowers.org. For more information about the holiday tours, call 570-296-9630 or e-mail sm.fs.greytowers@usda.gov.