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November 2, 2013
From journal Day Trip to Milford
by knowles multimedia
January 21, 2010
Grey Towers, Milford, Pa. The Birthplace of American Conservation from Knowles Video, Robert Knowles on Vimeo.
June 6, 2004
The house had the latest innovations of the day being lit and heated with gas. Though small by Newport standards, this home was host to many of the same people as the Breakers.
Today the house belongs to the United States Park Department and when you consider that Gifford Pinchot, James’ son, was the founder of the United States Forestry Service it isn’t at all surprising. On September 24, 1963 then President John F. Kennedy was on hand as the house officially changed hands. The family does still own a house on the property as well as 1,000 acres of land, which includes Sawkill Falls. In addition, the upper floors are the home of the Pinchot Institute.
In order to visit the interior of the house you have to join one of the guided tours. They are run hourly. You meet your guide from the park service on the terrace. The tours are free. Our group consisted of eight people. The tour began in the great hall, which is exactly that. We are introduced to the family here through a series of family portraits.
We spent the most time in this room where a lot of interesting information came our way. Our guide Ken was very knowledgeable.
We next moved through the library, sitting room and a small breakfast room. If you visit at Christmas time the tour includes the upper floors. Then the tour moves outdoors.
Some of the most interesting items are there. The fingerbowl
is a wonderful outdoor dining area under a wisteria vine trellis with a large pool as its center. The guest were treated to food served in floating dishes, it must have been quite amazing if the pictures give even a hint at the truth. The Boathouse was a playhouse for Gifford Bryce Pinchot. Some of the other outbuildings were under construction but the reopening is planned for the near future.
There is a small gift store on the property. The tour takes about 45 minutes. You can then wander around the property to your hearts content. Take the time to visit Sawkill Falls
it is an easy walk across fields and through the woods.
From journal Milford Pa where the Poconos begins
Riverview, New Brunswick
September 29, 2003
In spite of his wealth, Pinchot could not stop the forests surrounding the town and the chateau from being clear-cut so he suggested to his eldest son, Gifford, that a career in forestry would be opportune. Since the subject did not really exist, Gifford did what he could in related fields at Yale and went to study in Europe. Returning home, he began to work in the field of scientific forestry and was made Chief Forester of the newly created U.S. Forest Service by his friend, Teddy Roosevelt.
The Pinchot story is one of able people, Gifford and Cornilia Pinchot (a leading suffragette), his siblings, and his parents, all of whom were concerned about the well-being of the natural world and the state of the common man. The house is a testament to their success.
The house was donated along with 102 acres to the USDA Forest Service which runs the site. It is a notable dwelling built of local fieldstone. One enters an expansive entrance hall filled with large, late-medieval storage chests. Off the hall, in the base of one tower, is Gifford Pinchot’s office… the base of the other tower is given over to displays. The traveler enters the library through large doors… it is a wonderful room… a real library with overstuffed furniture, animal trophies, and wall cases filled with books. Gifford Pinchot was an avid hunter and his guns are displayed behind glass. . .an avid fisherman as well, he had special cabinets built for his rods.
Leaving the library, one enters the sitting room, which at one time had been two rooms, a sitting room and a dining room. A dining table is still there in the corner, somewhat out of the way. Cornelia Pinchot decided she wanted outdoor dining and she designed the Finger Bowl, a large pool around which family and guests gathered to eat. Food was served on balsa rafts and floated around the pool. That table is just outside the sitting room and is covered with trelliswork and wisteria vines, a magical place to eat. The sitting room that remains is large and very comfortable with large painted canvases glued right to the wall. Unfortunately, those on the exterior walls were all destroyed by water damage but have been well-restored. The motif in the room is the sea and the walls have mounted (replica) tuna and sea scenes.
Unfortunately, that, other than the exteriors of the playhouse (The Bait Box) and Pinchot’s study (The Letter Box), is all that one sees. Enjoyable, nevertheless.
From journal Travelling in Eastern Pennsylvania