The Bait Box
Original Use: Built as a playhouse for Gifford and Cornelia Pinchot's only child, Gifford Bryce Pinchot, the Bait Box is a stone and frame structure that, in later years, served as a tea room for Cornelia. Named for the family's love of fishing, the Bait Box provided a quite respite from the activities of the main residence. (Photo: circa 1960s)
Outstanding Features:Original massive iron ring door knockers; two cast-concrete spiral columns; carved stone cartouche with dauphins above the door; stone forecourt with elliptical openings in each wall; porch with original decorative wrought iron railing.
The stone wall on the east side of the small courtyard features an oval aperture overlooking the grounds. In the spring, this opening frames a blooming cherry tree planted by Cornelia Pinchot.
Cornelia Pinchot's Long Garden with narrow pool was designed to draw the eye to the Bait Box and create a natural hallway to the "room". (Photo: circa 1930s)
Fun Fact: A blacksmith forge was set up in the basement for Gifford Bryce Pinchot who created a number of iron objects installed throughout the estate.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Swimming Pool and Terrace (a few steps from this marker); The Letter Box (within shouting distance of this marker); The Finger Bowl (within shouting distance of this marker); "Grey Towers" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sugar Maple (about 400 feet away); Gifford Pinchot (approx. ¼ mile away); Milford (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hotel Fauchère (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
Also see . . . Grey Towers Heritage Association. (Submitted on September 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 4. submitted on September 22, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.