Asa Packer Mansion Museum
Welcome to the historic and ornately detailed home of Asa Packer, local coal and railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh University!
This grand Italianate mansion is located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, and was completed in 1861. It was designed by architect Samuel Sloan, taking two years and $14,000 to complete at the time. The interior is filled with ornate Victorian decor, of which you will see during a walk-through tour. The exterior boasts a noticeable red-ribbed tin roof with a central cupola over a large cast-iron framed home. There are 3 stories, 18 rooms, and 11,000 square feet of space within the home.
During a tour, lasting about 60 minutes, you will learn all about the Packer family history, from Asa Packer himself and all his philanthropic efforts to his daughter Mary Packer Cummings and her act of willing the house to local historic organizations. Next, you will view the contents of the house, all original. See the draperies made with 14k gold, the fine wood carvings by European artisans, crystal chandeliers in every room, and the iconic self-playing organ. These tours are offered each Memorial Day through October 31st.