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2019 Festival of Wood

What’s new at the 14th annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA? This year the US Forest Service and its partners are welcoming stilt walkers, introducing 21st Century technology to the historic site, and expanding the free children’s activities. The family-friendly and free event will be held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 and offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives. Entry to the grounds, parking, and a shuttle are all free. Self-guided tours of the Grey Towers mansion are $5 per person.


Stop by and say hello to our volunteers!

Location: Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA (Pike County)

Times: Saturday, August 3 — 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, August 4 — 10 am – 4 pm

Volunteer today!

The event is offered by the US Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Pocono Arts Council and numerous partners, participants and collaborators. The 14th annual Festival of Wood is “a celebration of our natural and cultural heritage of wood.” The activities, exhibits, and programs are intended to heighten awareness of the many uses of wood in our everyday lives. The US Forest Service and numerous partners are hosting the event at Grey Towers, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, who founded and served as the first chief of the Forest Service from 1905-1910.

There is something for everyone:

· Craftsmen and artists from throughout the region will exhibit, sell and demonstrate their crafts, all made from wood. 

· Children’s activities include games and toys using wood and other craft activities. A cross-cut saw activity and visits from Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl also are planned.

· Educational exhibits and informational handouts on such topics as beekeeping, Chestnut trees, regional conservation initiatives, will be ongoing throughout the weekend. 

· Free music with wood instruments will be provided each day.

· Demonstrations on tree pruning and a portable sawmill are planned.

· A free wildlife show is planned for each day.

· Chain Saw Chix will demonstrate chain saw carving three times a day, each day.

· All three floors of the historic Grey Towers mansion are open for visitors both days; a $5 fee is charged.

· Refreshments will be available for sale.

The Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, August 5. For a schedule of events or more information, call (570)296-9630 or email us at greytowers@fs.fed.us.

A schedule and map of the Festival activities can be downloaded at www.fs.usda.gov/greytowers and www.greytowers.org.