The Harry Packer Mansion Inn looms over the quaint Victorian village of Jim Thorpe, in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
In 1874, Lehigh University founder Asa Packer had the mansion built as a wedding gift for his son Harry. The home stayed in the Packer family until the 1980s, when it was purchased by Patricia and Robert Handwerk.
After renovating the interior, it was opened as a Bed and Breakfast. If you are ever in that area, you can stay in the mansion that inspired one of Disney World’s star attractions. You could also be one of the luck few to participate in the Murder Mystery weekends at the Inn.
While it may look haunted from the outside, the inside is the total opposite. Designed with Victorian charm, the Inn has won accolades of critics and guests.
Oh – they have a tennis court now, as well.
It’s gloomy looking facade was a perfect jump point for Disney Imagineers when working on one of the Magic Kingdom’s star attractions.
Of course the exterior of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is little different .
What was the base for the original? We’ll save that ghostly secret for another day.