MILFORD, Pa. – A fun, fee­-free day from 11 a.m.­-4 p.m. Sept. 24 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pa., will feature an open house at the historic mansion, music, a magic show, a special exhibit, and self­-guided trail walks. An ice cream social will be held from 2­-4 p.m.

In lieu of a fee, visitors are asked to bring a non­-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service with support from the Grey Towers Heritage Association and the Walmart Community Grant Program, the events are held to commemorate Community Appreciation Day and National Public Lands Day.

“The U.S. Forest Service and its partners are taking a moment to thank the community for its year­-round support and to welcome the community to enjoy this unique and iconic national treasure, right in their backyards” said Bill Dauer, director of Grey Towers.

“The community has been so supportive of the public programs offered at Grey Towers,” said Linda Pinto, president of the Grey Towers Heritage Association. “The visitors are always enthusiastic and responsive to what we offer, and this is our way of thanking them and all of our supporters.”

“The free ice cream social is a re­creation of the ice cream socials that Gov. Gifford Pinchot and his wife, Cornelia, offered for the community at Grey Towers when they lived here in the 1920s and 1930s,” Dauer said. “We strive to offer programs and events that carry on the traditions and legacy of the Pinchot family.”

The events will be held rain or shine. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy on the estate grounds. For information call 570-­296­-9630 or send email to greytowers@fs.fed.us.