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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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  • Our tour guide, James, was amazingly knowledgable, engaging and interesting. I love that they don't require their docents t memorize a script, but enable them to discuss the things they find interesti...  more »
  • Recommend this Tour takes about 1 hour I have visited many old homes and this has at least several items not seen at others 
  • If you love high-end Victorian architecture and interiors, this place is for you! Before visiting, check the website to be sure the second floor is open to visitors. The day my husband and I went, we ...  more »
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  • Great experience. I've been through the Mansion at least 4 times and I've seen the deterioration over the past 25 years. Tour guide speaks too fast most likely because he is saying the same thing over and over I should be considerate and realized people are visiting for the for the first time. Beautiful woodwork but you could tell from all the traffic through the house the place is taking a beating. They should contract a professional cleaning company as young people cleaning the place are using orange glow on the woodwork. The furniture probably has spider mites throughout as they don't vacuum it they really should steam to kill the mites. Use Murphy's Oil on the wood. That's only my opinion which everyone is entitled to, but I would definitely get Professionals in to take care of the woodwork and furniture. But it's still a must to visit when when touring Jim Thorpe
  • 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!
  • Amazing preserves home from The turn of the century. Beautiful interior but no photos allowed inside. It's a steep walk from town with lots of stairs inside.
  • The tour around the mansion is quite interesting and the guide we had was a lovely woman. I would recommend it if you are passing through the town as you get to learn quite a bit from it.