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 (1805–1879), 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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  • The tour was very informative and fun. It is like taking a walk back in time. All of the decor and furniture is all original. Very well kept. Worth checking out.,  more »
  • The Asa Packer Mansion is owned by the borough of Jim Thorpe and operated by the local Lions Club. The tour guides are very engaging, and the mansion itself is decorated in period furnishings and stil...  more »
  • While we rode the train in town, our fellow passengers told us that the Asa Packer Mansion was a "Must See". Taking the tour was like walking back in time. I was a bit disappointed that we were not al...  more »
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  • Beautiful mansion and a great place for exercising (a lot of steps to climb to get to the mansion but well worth the climb)
  • Pretty much everything in this house is original or updated by the original owners, so it's truly like stepping back in time. The tour guide really knew her stuff, too. I loved every second of the tour!
  • We visited the mansion October 8th. While we enjoyed seeing the mansion we found the tour guide and the security guard to be very unfriendly and rude. From the very beginning of the tour we found it to be very cold and unwelcoming. We were told at the beginning of the tour no photography which is understandable. They never told us to silence our phones. My friends phone beeped and per proper etiquette she got out the phone to turn it off(not answer it). The security guard immediately in a rude manner told her the phone would be his if she did not put it away. Then the tour guide gave her a 5 minute lecture on the fact that we knew phones were not allowed to be used. This is just one example of their lack of professionalism. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the family and property. It’s a shame she was not able to convey the information in a friendly and welcoming way. We left the tour early.
  • My girlfriend had toured once before, but years ago and this time we had to go together. Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful, full of knowledge, friendly and helpful as well. I'm terrible with names, but a pretty brunette woman, she was simply outstanding! A beautiful place that houses, in my opinion, America's best business man. We need men like him again. A nice activity to learn more about him. Don't go to Jim Thorpe without stopping here!
  • Pretty awesome place. No inside photography allowed but it’s so unique I’ve gotten to tour it three times over the last several years. Learned something new each time. The stained glass and the historical flavor is amazing.
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