James and Mary's son, Gifford, along with his wife Cornelia, inherited the family home. With the encouragement of James, Gifford studied forestry and became the founder of the USDA Forestry Service. He also served two different terms as the governor of Pennsylvania. His wife was active in the suffragette movement and both Gifford and Cornelia promoted prohibition.
Here are some shots of the inside of the mansion, which the Giffords referred to as their "hunting shack". They spent their summers here and did a lot of entertaining, especially during the years Gifford Pinchot was governor.
|In the entry hall. Cornelia kept her gardening table and supplies in this hall.|
|In the Pinchot's library|
|The library again.|
|The parlor. The pictures on the walls are "trompe d'oeil"....a trick of the eye. They are actually painted on the wall, but look like pictures in frames hanging on the wall.|
|This is the dining room table....a pool, surrounded sheltered by wisteria vines.|
|The food was brought to the table in wooden bowls. When you wanted to pass food, you had to scoot it across the water.|
|There was also a skylight above the pool so that during evening meals the moon would shine down on the water.|
Gifford and Cornelia had only one child, so they built him a play house where he could go to escape all the adults that were always around. These two pictures are taken outside his play house.
The Pinchots also had an in-ground swimming pool, the first ever in NE Pennsylvania. In front of the house was a moat and we discovered quite a number of bullfrogs in there.
If you find yourself in NE Pennsylvania with $6.00 to spare, the tour of Grey Towers is worth every penny!
Before going to Grey Towers, John and I took some time to explore the town of Milford. There are a lot of old, very pretty houses there. We also ate at a restaurant that was also a hotel....we had the most expensive hamburger in Pennsylvania, and it was the cheapest thing on the menu! But it was fun to eat at something other than McDonalds.
This will probably be my last post from the good old US of A! Next post will be from the other side of the ocean. But who knows, maybe on Thursday I'll have time to catch up on some of our other activities from this summer and do another post.