Asa Packer Mansion, Jim Thorpe

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The Asa Packer Mansion is a historic house museum on Packer Road in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, United States. Completed in 1861, it was the home of Asa Packer (1805โ€“1879), a coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University. It is one of the best preserved Italianate Villa homes in the United States, with original Victorian furnishings and finishes. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.DescriptionThe Asa Packer Mansion is located near Jim Thorpe's historic downtown Broadway area, on a terrace overlooking the Lehigh River on the west side of Packer Hill Avenue. The home of Packer's son, the Harry Packer Mansion, designed by Sloan's protegee Addison Hutton, is next door on the same road. The Asa Packer Mansion is a three-story seventeen-room mansion, with a two-story covered porch. Both the main roof and porch roof have extended eaves with brackets, and the main roof is capped by a cupola. The main three-story block is extended to either side by smaller blocks ending in bowed segments. The porch has elaborate Italianate details, including arched valances with lacework in the spandrels, and lacework balustrades on the second floor. The interior is also lavishly appointed, retaining original woodwork, features and period furnishings.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. The house bears a strong resemblance to a design published by Sloan in his 1852 Model Architect, in which he promoted the Italian Villa style.
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  • This really is a truly spectacular tour - some of the most beautiful woodwork we have ever seen. Tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Truly a beautiful piece of history.  more »
  • So much to do in Jim Thorpe in every season, we were there at Christmas for their Christmas celebration, train ride with Santa, Carolers in the square and at the hotel balcony, great botique shops, As...  more »
  • As other reviewers have noted, what a treasure this site is! The tour guide was excellent, well-versed on all aspects of the house as well as the astonishing life and legacy of Asa Packer himself. As ...  more »
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  • A fascinating story or self made success and the resulting piece of architecture that is well preserved by the local community. Definitely worth taking the tour and learning about some history that wasn't taught in high school!
  • Unfortunately the Mansion is not prepared for any disabled person, went with a walker to find that there are stairs to the Second Floor which is where the most of the living space and cannot be accessed without travelling a steep staircase. Nothing in their website about not being handicapped accessible. I paid for a self guided tour before finding this fact. We drove two hours to come to the Mansion. Very unfriendly staff also, no help what so ever.................didn't even offer a refund after I was unable to complete the tour.
  • Worth the climb! Anne was an excellent tour guide, respectful of the Packers and their home. Great info, great history, wonderfully preserved. One of the most attractive houses I've toured. About an hour and many stairs.
  • Very interesting! Guide wss extremely knowledgeable! Highlight of our trip!
  • My wife and I really enjoyed the tour and learning interesting facts about the Packer family. This home is beautiful! With all of the original contents, it felt like we were stepping back in time. Highly recommend that you donโ€™t miss this tour. No pictures are allowed inside, now I want to go back again! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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