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Review of Asa Packer Mansion

Asa Packer Mansion
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Jim Thorpe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We stayed next door in the Harry Packer Mansion and after hearing all of the history we had to visit this as well. Everything in the house is original to when the last Packer, Mary, died in 1912. It was amazing to think that much of it had been there, unchanged, from when it was built in the 1800"s. The chandelier in the parlor was the original that was copied for Tara in Gone with the Wind. The guide was very informative and was able to answer all of our questions. This a a house tour where you don't have to imagine what it was like to live here, you can see it. It was like taking a step back into the history of our country. No gift shop, no bathrooms, just the house.

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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This mansion was pretty impressive--the Packers put so much into every detail of their house! The wallpaper was textured by hand, practically everything was custom made; the house is beautiful.

To me, the tour was a little uncomfortable. It was a hot day, and understandably the house had no a/c, but it made it hard to appreciate the house. Plus, the tour guide locks the doors once you're inside. I'm sure it's for security reasons, but it was still a little inconvenient. One person in our group was too hot and asked to step outside, and the tour guide had to stop the tour, leave us in the kitchen, and walk that one person back to the door to let her out. This could have been prevented by having a second guide on-hand in the house.
Maybe it was the heat, but the tour seemed to go on just a bit too long. There were lots of interesting artifacts and stories, but I would've been happier to get outside sooner.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

This is a very nice and informative home tour. The house is beautiful and the guides give you a great deal of history. It is both as to the family and the structure itself. The music machine in the second floor hallway is worth the tour itself. No elevators so you need to be able to take steps but the tour is very easy to do.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

I really enjoyed this tour. The mansion was beautiful and the tour was informative. The finishes and most of the furniture were original. Beautiful wood work. Staff at the front desk was nice, tour guide was well informed but lacked personality... hardly answering questions with more than a yes or no. We were the last tour of the day, so the staff was closing up behind us and the store was already closed when the tour was done. Unfortunate because I would have loved to buy some postcards of the interior since we weren't allowed to take pictures!

2  Thank Mandarin2882
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had visited here about 25 years ago so we took visiting family for a return trip. We were the only ones (. 4 of us) on the tour and the docent was very nice and informative. They really explain a lot about the family and the innovations that were very progressive for the time the house was built. Very pleasant stop I would recommend to anyone visiting Jim Thorpe Note: be aware there are a lot of steps to climb to get to the mansion. There is another mansion ( the sons house) next door but it is only open on weekends

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