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Asa Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe

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The Asa Packer Mansion, in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, United States, was the home of Asa Packer (1805–1879), coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University. It is one of the best preserved Italianate Villa homes in the United States.HistoryPacker commissioned it to be built in what was then the Borough of Mauch Chunk. It was completed in 1861. The architect was Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia who also designed the Southern Mansion Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, and Longwood in Natchez, Mississippi.MuseumUpon the death of Mary Packer Cummings, Mr. Packer's daughter, the home was willed to the Borough of Mauch Chunk to remain as a memorial to her father and his many accomplishments. The borough, not certain what to do with the home, closed it, and for 44 years the home sat idle. The Jim Thorpe Lions Club, looking to sponsor a new community project, approached the borough about opening the home.The home is owned by the town of Jim Thorpe and financially controlled by the Jim Thorpe Lions Club. Ava M. Bretzik is the Director and Historian of the Mansion Museum and oversees the day-to-day operations.Ronald J Sheehan serves as Executive Director of the Mansion Museum as is in charge of overall administration of the National Historic Landmark property.The house contains the original furnishings. It became a museum, the Asa Packer Mansion Museum, and was opened for tours on Memorial Day of 1956.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and was further declared a National Historic Landmark in 1985. It is located in the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District.
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  • We took the tour on Columbus Day weekend during the Fall Fest and didn't have to wait more than a few minutes. This place is amazing and the tour is well worth the $10. Our tour guide Eva was awesome ...  read more »
  • The Tour of the ASA Packer House was so fascinating to my husband, 2 teenage daughters and I. Ava, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and really made it enjoyable- especially for our daughters- Th...  read more »
  • This mansion is gorgeous, only down fall I saw was that although they didn't allow photos inside (understandable but disappointing), they let a couple in with a yappy dog to walk all over the place. L...  read more »
  • What an incredible house! The tour was informative and lively without being too deep (what I mean is, the tour was appropriate for all ages). The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and he was given tons of questions from guests about the most minute details regarding the house and family. He was able to answer them all! Gorgeous house, well maintained and a great deal too for the price. Definitely visit if you're in Jim Thorpe!
  • This is a great place to visit in the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe. Rich, yet elegant interior design, and some of the most innovative home improvements of their time. You learn a lot about the history of the area, and about a remarkable and compassionate family who offered great services to their community and beyond. Really, don't miss out!
  • Beautiful historic gem. Put on your listening ears and step back in time ( really) this place is amazing. I have yet to come across somethinf so pure so real. Take the tour find our for your self. Staff was also amazing. Just up the hill from the Jim Thorpe Inn.
  • Very interesting decor. Amazing how much the family have back to the community.
  • What a great tour and so much history. Worth every penny!
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