Milford Historic District –
The Birthplace of the American Conservation Movement

Walking Tour

This self-guided tour commemorates Milford’s founding father, John Biddis: The Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County.

Take a leisurely stroll through the Historic District of Milford. In just 20 blocks, you’ll discover more than 50 Victorian buildings (circa 1814-1914) of architectural and historic significance. All are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and feature a variety of Victorian styles including Gothic, Italianate, Second Empire and Queen Anne. You may pick up a tour map at the Hotel Fauchère reception desk.

Museums & Heritage Attractions

The Columns Museum

608 Broad Street, 570.296.8126

The Columns Museum, operated by the Pike County Historical Society, is two blocks from the hotel and housed in a Neo-Greek Revival mansion showcasing a fine collection of art, artifacts and ephemera from generations of ancestors, with a special focus on Pike County and the surrounding areas.

Exhibits include the famous “blood-stained Lincoln Flag,“ which cushioned the dying president’s head moments after he was shot at Ford’s Theater in April of 1865. The flag is part of a large collection of memorabilia that tells the story of that tragic night through the perspective of a family of actors working in the theatre that evening.

Civil War artifacts, historic farm tools and firearms, Native American artifacts, the Hiawatha stagecoach, vintage gowns and uniforms, photo albums and period letters, musical instruments and kitchenware are also on display. Additionally, the museum hosts special seasonal exhibits.

Grey Towers National Historic Site

151 Grey Towers Drive, 570.296.9630

Grey Towers is the Richard Morris Hunt-designed Normanesque bluestone chateau that was built by James Pinchot and was the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and twice-Governor of Pennsylvania.

House and garden tours are offered everyday, from Memorial Day weekend through October 31. Natural resources-related groups also use the newly renovated facilities for conferences and meetings. Other Grey Towers activities include short hiking trails, on-site programs, and conservation education programs for all ages.


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The Upper Mill

150 Water Street

The Upper Mill still has an operating wooden water-wheel that can be visited by the public on a self-guided free tour. Run for many years by the Rowe Brothers, the mill had wood and metal shops, a blacksmith, and a grist mill; today it is home to attractive boutiques, a café/bakery and bar, and a music shop.

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Near Historic Milford:

Zane Grey Museum

Route 590W in Lackawaxen, PA, 570.685.4871

Home to the “Father of the Western Novel,” this historic building sits on the banks of the Upper Delaware River. Zane Grey lived in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, from 1905 until 1918; the town always held a special place in his memories, and was chosen as the site of his final resting place. Today, Grey’s home (1914-1918) is preserved by the National Park Service as part of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.

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Gillinder Glass

39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, NY, 845.856.5375

Gillinder Glass was founded 156 years ago by William T. Gillinder. Born and raised in England, William T. relocated to the colonies where he opened his first glass factory in Philadelphia in 1861. In 1876, Gillinder built an operating glass plant in the nation’s Centennial Exhibition, a major component of the first Worlds Fair held in the United States (in Philadelphia). In 1912, his three grandsons purchased a glass plant in Port Jervis, NY, formerly known as the Orange County Flint Glass Works. The plant opened as Gillinder Brothers in January 1913 and continues on this same site today, operated by sixth generation Charlie Gillinder.

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Pocono Environmental Education Center

538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA, 570-828-2319

The Pocono Environmental Education Center is one of the most respected and recognized environmental education centers in the northeastern United States
, as this non-profit advances environmental education, sustainable living, and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Park. This unique partnership has served the education community for over 40 years, with approximately 24,000 visitors annually.

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