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“Asa Packer was the most wealthy man in the United States at one time.”
Review of Asa Packer Mansion

Asa Packer Mansion
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Jim Thorpe
Certificate of Excellence
Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Asa Packer was the most wealthy man in the United States at one time.”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

First of all, many historical tours are through structures that have been re-done with modern materials over the years. The Asa Packer Mansion is 94% original, right down to the gravel wall paper in one of the hall ways. Not kidding. Mr. Packer emerged from very common roots to be the wealthiest man in the United States at one time. The tour is very interesting particularly to those who may have an interest in the Lehigh Valley Railroad or Lehigh University. Mr. Packer built the railroad and endowed the University. The tour takes about an hour and a half. Be prepared to climb many steps to get to the mansion and while inside the mansion. AND there are no public bathrooms on site, so be forewarned. If you can gather a group of 15 you can schedule a private tour. It is very reasonably priced compared to many similar attractions across the United States and there are senior citizens discounts. I am sorry to report that they now apply to me. All in all it is well worth the visit and should be a must do event when visiting Jim Thorpe.

Visited July 2014
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Do not miss this”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Great tour by a knowledgeable guide. Been there before, but go so much more information this time from tour guide Jean. She held the interest of our 6-year old for over an hour. The house is stunning and the details are amazing.

Visited July 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Timeless”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

The tour was awesome. To see a home with all the original work and objects from that time. Its amazing and the guide knew the story well and made it fun. Must see this house. Its good for all ages.

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Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A don't miss”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The house has 95% original furnishings, a rare thing in these houses. The tourguide had so much knowledge about the house and history of the family. Great views from the house as well. Didn't expect to enjoy this tour so much. Well worth the time in a friendly gorgeous town.

Visited June 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Architectural gem”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The tour of this mansion was one of the highlights of our trip. Our tour guide, Janice, was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour that much more interesting. The luxurious finishes were almost beyond comprehension, from the 1500 hand-carved wooden snowflake rosettes (each different) to the sand stenciling to the gold trimmed drapes. The mansion is perfectly preserved with furniture from the late 1800's belonging to the Packers and art and collectibles from around the world. The history of the family was very interesting, as was the ties to the neighborhood and American history. We were able to hear a 1905 Model D Grand Welte Cottage Orchestrion - a "band in a box" - the only working one remaining in the country. Hearing how people lived and worked over 130 years ago was fascinating. A little bit of a hill to get up to the mansion. The $8 tour was almost an hour, and worth every minute of it. No pictures allowed inside, but it was better just to listen and take it all in with our eyes. Definitely a stop not to be missed.

Visited June 2014
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