Grey Towers to hold traditional ice cream social this Saturday

Milford. The event, which also includes free mansion tours and historic exhibit, is held every year to show appreciation to the community.

| 24 Sep 2019 | 01:10

The public is invited to a free ice cream social from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 28, at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford as part of National Public Lands Day.

Visitors may view the rarely opened upper floors and towers of the historic mansion of Gov. Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946) during a free open house that day.

Pinchot and his wife, Cornelia, held ice cream socials for the community when they lived here in the 1920s and 1930s. This festivity will be re-created from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of a fee, visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy on the estate grounds.

A special exhibit will show artifacts that illustrate the social activist life of Cornelia Pinchot, with an emphasis on her involvement with the suffrage movement, will be available for part of the day. Visitor films will be shown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, and visitors may especially appreciate the film of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Grey Towers on Sept. 23, 1963.

Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the events are held to commemorate National Public Lands Day and to show appreciation to the community for support throughout the year.

The events will be held rain or shine. For information call 570-296-9630 or email