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Cemetery tour at Grey Towers

The Pinchot obelisk marks the family plot in Laurel Hill.
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October 23, 2013

MILFORD, PA — A walking tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery, Milford’s original town graveyard, located on the grounds of Grey Towers National Historic Site, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford, PA, is planned for Sunday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Participants should meet in the Visitor Pavilion in the parking lot and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the short hike to the cemetery. Regular tour fees ($8 adults; $7 seniors; $5 youth) will apply. Pre-registration is strongly recommended and space is limited. The program is appropriate for high school age and up.

New this year: Visitors can learn about the restoration work and ongoing improvements to this piece of Milford’s history. Some fencing has been restored to family plots and some gravestones have been cleaned and repaired with funding secured by the Grey Towers Heritage Association, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, which administers Grey Towers.

Laurel Hill Cemetery served as the original town graveyard until the Milford Cemetery on Route 209 was established. The historical walk will include information about some of the cemetery’s most well-known inhabitants, including members of the Pinchot family, explanations of some of the gravestone inscriptions and how a cemetery can illustrate a community’s history.

For additional information call 570-296-9630 or email greytowers@fs.fed.us.