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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Free tour highlights Pinchot family history

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  • MILFORD —A walking tour of downtown Milford that illustrates the many contributions to the community made by the prominent Pinchot family since the 1800s is planned for Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 11 am.
    Back by popular demand, the tour is sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association and is free of charge. Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly suggested by calling 570-296-9625 or sending an email to info@greytowers.org.
    The 1-hour stroll through the borough will illustrate how one family influenced the beginnings of the community. Participants should meet on the lawn of the Milford Community House at the intersection of Broad and Harford Streets, Milford, at 11 am, rain or shine.
    The program was added to the public programs offered by the US Forest Service at Grey Towers, ancestral home of the Pinchot family, to enhance the community’s understanding of the deep connection between the Pinchots, Grey Towers and the community.
    Tour participants have been surprised to learn of some of the community contributions in addition to Grey Towers that were made by the family, who came to Milford in the 1800’s and quickly became active community members, contributing greatly to the growth and development of the region.
    Some significant buildings with Pinchot history include Forest Hall, the Community House, Normandy Cottage, the Pike County Courthouse and others. Gifford Pinchot founded and served as first chief of the USDA Forest Service and was twice Governor of Pennsylvania.
    Participants can obtain an accompanying walking tour map and guide for a $1 donation to the Grey Towers Heritage Association.
    Participants are encouraged to tour Grey Towers after the walking tour; regular tour fees will apply. For more information visit the web at www.greytowers.org.

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