The Asa Packer Mansion Museum
P.O. Box 108
Jim Thorpe PA 18229
Hours 11:00 - 4:00
Director & Historian
The Mansion will be open daily until November 1st and then Saturdays and Sundays from November 2nd - December 15th
The Mansion was the home of philanthropist, railroad magnate, and founder of Lehigh University, Asa Packer. Built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect, Samuel Sloan, the home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000 dollars. Topped by a red-ribbed tin roof and a central cupola, or belvedere, the home was built over a cast iron frame and consists of 3 stories, 18 rooms and approximately 11,000 square feet of living space.
Mary Packer Cummings, Asa Packer's daughter, is the reason why The Mansion remains as part of local history today. In 1912, she willed her family's home and all its contents to the Borough of Mauch Chunk where it would remain as a memorial to her father and his accomplishments. At that time, however, the borough was not certain what to do with the home, and so, it was closed until 1956.
The Bear Mountain Lions, named trustees to the home in 1954. The Mansion has been open to the public since Memorial Day of 1956, and was recognized for its national significance in commemorating the history of The United States by the National Park Service in 1985.