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.
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