Perched on a hill is the elegant Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe, PA (formerly Mauch Chunk). This incredible home was built as a wedding present for Harry and his lovely bride by Harry’s father, Asa Packer. Asa Packer was an industrialist, philanthropist and statesman. His humble beginnings in Mystic, Connecticut turned 1800′s multi-millionaire Pennsylvanian is a fabulous “Rags to Riches” story.
This mansion caught the eye of Disney’s Imagineers and was the inspiration for Walt Disney World’s, Haunted Mansion. Sadly, Harry Packer only lived to 32 yrs of age. His former home is now a luxurious Bed & Breakfast that hosts weekend Murder Mystery Dinners. Self-guided tours are $5 or for a real treat, sit on the veranda at Libations Lounge between 1-4:30 p.m. This is one sight not to be missed!