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Grey  Towers

One of the many noteworthy things in Milford, Pennsylvania that overlook the Delaware River is the Grey Towers National Historic Site. Grey Towers is the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, who was: 1) the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, 2) twice governor of the State of Pennsylvania, 3) one of the founders of the Yale School of Forestry, 4) founder of the Society of American Foresters, and 5) staunch promoter of scientific forestry and conservation ethics (a term he coined). Quite a guy, and one whose works and philosophy have greatly influenced my life. 

One of my favorite outbuildings at Grey Towers is an outdoor dining facility called the "Finger Bowl" (shown below). Guests sit around the rim of a large, water filled pool in which floats the dinner offerings in wooden bowls. Kind of like a lazy Susan, but the diners gently float the courses across the table. 


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