MILFORD - A walk in the gardens, a walk in the woods and a walk through town are special programs being offered this May by the US Forest Service at Grey Towers, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the US Forest Service and two-term governor of Pennsylvania. The estate entrance is at 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford.
On Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m., visitors can enjoy the historic gardens at Grey Towers National Historic Site on a guided tour that includes the historic Sweet Cherry tree and hundreds of flowering bulbs. Meet Horticulturist Elizabeth Hawke at the Visitor Pavilion in the Grey Towers parking lot and learn about the historic landscape. Call 570-296-9630 for information. $8 adults/$7 seniors. Exact change preferred.
On Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. visitors have a chance to walk in the woods of the Milford Experimental Forest, the original research station of the Yale School of Forestry (circa 1901). Owned by the Pinchot family and currently managed as an experimental field station, the 1,200-acre MEF offers insight into today’s forest health challenges. This moderately-strenuous, 1.5-mile hike will showcase American chestnut reintroduction and deer management for forest health. Rain or shine. Meet at the Visitor Pavilion at Grey Towers to carpool to the Forest. Bring a picnic to enjoy after the hike. This program is free and open to the public. Call (570)296-9625 or
firstname.lastname@example.org reserve a spot. Limited to 20 participants.On Sunday, May 19, at 11 am, a walking tour of Milford provides information about the many contributions made by the prominent Pinchot family to conservation in America and the Milford community since the 1800’s. This guided walking tour will answer such questions as who lived in the Milford Community House before it became the Pike County Library, and what was Forest Hall used for before it became an antiques center. Meet on the Community House lawn at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets. Call (570)296–9630 to save a spot. $8 adults/$7 seniors. Exact change preferred.
All walks are held rain or shine; sturdy, comfortable footwear is recommended.
The 2013 tour season for the Grey Towers mansion begins Saturday, May 25, and continues daily through Oct. 31. For more information about Grey Towers and public programs, visit the web at
www.fs.fed.us/gt or www.greytowers.org or call (570)296-9630.