National Public Lands Day & Ice Cream Social

National Public Lands Day & Ice Cream Social


  • September 26, 2020
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Gifford Pinchot holding ice creamA FEE-FREE Day of self-guided mansion tours and ice cream social!

It’s rare that the public can see all three floors of the Grey Towers mansion. Wander through the museum rooms and the upper floors, free of charge. A special exhibit featuring 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 am – 4 pm, and visitors may especially appreciate the film of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Grey Towers on Sept. 23, 1963.

Enjoy free ice cream during a re-creation of the ice cream socials that Gov. Gifford Pinchot Gov. Gifford Pinchot’s and his wife Cornelia offered for the community at Grey Towers when they lived here in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

The re-creation is just one of the many programs that carry on the traditions and legacy of the Pinchot family at their ancestral home.The best way the U.S. Forest Service and the Grey Towers Heritage Association know how to thank the community for their support all year round.

Rain or Shine.

Sponsored by the US Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the events are held to commemorate Community Appreciation Day and National Public Lands Day.

food pantry donationEVERYTHING IS FREE!

Come early; stay all day!

FOOD PANTRY DRIVE: In lieu of a fee, GTHA is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to local food pantry.



11 am – 4:00 pm Mansion Open House: See all three floors
12:00 Noon Birds of Prey Program
  2:00 – 4:00 pm Ice Cream Social: Free ice

FOOD: Families are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and chairs for the lawn.


All events will take place either in the Visitor Pavilion, outdoor amphitheater, or tented pool terrace, depending on weather.

For information please call 570-296-9630 or send email to