The REAL Haunted Mansion is up for Sale

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The original mansion that inspired Disney World's "Haunted Mansion" is officially up for sale for 1.75 mil.  This famous mansion named the "Harry Packer Mansion" is located in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Supposedly, according to their website this mansion was used as a model for Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL.  Personally, I think it looks very similar to the original haunted mansion at Disney Land in California (I grew up 10 minutes away)...

In recent years, the mansion has been host to weekend murder mystery weekends:

"The Murder Mystery at the Harry Packer Mansion is based on factual events with a creative twist. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rub elbows with the elite? Now's your chance... The characters in our scenario of murder and mahem are Packers or intimate friends of the family. The plot revolves around the Packer fortune - literally millions amassed on the Lehigh Valley Railroad - and its hopeful heirs.  We offer the mystery each weekend for up to 12 couples."



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Man, if they could somehow cross-market that with Harry Potter, I think that they could have a mint on their hands.
Sep 28, 2006 08:17 AM #4
Maha Musson
Sunshine Eagle Realty - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Wow! this house looks sooo nice!!!! it's one of kind
Sep 28, 2006 10:07 AM #5
Ann Guy
NA - Allentown, PA

It's a very nice mansion.  I actually have stayed Harry's son's mansion, Asa Packer, right next door.  It's a nice B&B.  Every year around this time, I always say I'm going to go for the Murder Mystery.  Maybe now is my chance

Sep 28, 2006 10:49 AM #6
Ken Smith
Suburban House Hunters - Arlington Heights, IL
Very cool. Hope that who ever buys it keeps all of the charm. Hate seeing old homes get butchered.
Sep 28, 2006 11:14 AM #7
Home Design
Alpharetta, GA
Home Design and Real Estate
Wow!  I'm surprised Michael Eisner didnt purchase it yet.
Sep 28, 2006 11:34 AM #8
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
The up keep to something like this must be unreal. I would techinquely be married to it if I bought it. No Thanks, but thanks for sharing and I will check out the website pictures.
Sep 28, 2006 02:11 PM #9
Dan Jungclas
RE/MAX of Naperville - Naperville, IL
ABR, ePRO, Broker
Wow!  Very Interesting....  keep us posted as to when and how much it sells for!
Sep 28, 2006 04:10 PM #10
Funny, I have lived in JT for the past 5 years and have been visiting since I was a child.  I have read quite a bit of history about Asa Packer, his family and homes.  I even know the current owner of the place.  In all honesty I have never heard about the Harry Packer Mansion being the inspiration/model for the Haunted Mansion at any Disneyland/world .  In a small town like Jim Thorpe that is something I thought I would have heard about?  What can I say!
Oct 01, 2006 02:31 PM #11
It does not resemble the haunted mansion at Disneyland in Ca, as that particular home is Southern style Antebellum with it's huge columns in front.  This home is reflective of the Victorian architecture with almost a gothic sort of undertone to it.  A kinda french mansard roof design, although it's difficult to tell from the photo angle. Beautiful in design, all brick.  An incredible home!
Jun 13, 2007 10:18 AM #12
jen is a loser!
Sep 24, 2007 01:13 AM #13
the harry packer and asa packer mansions are phenomenons!!!    these are the most amazing houses ever!!!!     i was truly stunned at the artwork, hand carved wood, and architecture of this phenomenal house.  i wish i could just roam around that house for days...
Nov 17, 2007 11:42 AM #14
Dec 10, 2007 12:39 PM #15

The house is good.I like it

Apr 03, 2009 04:35 PM #16

Hey, is it me or what? i thought i saw like a face in one of the pictures!! yup a face looking in the window hey its no joke!! check it out   on your own yull see i think is were is the living room!! SCARYYY!!=0

Sep 19, 2009 08:39 AM #17


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Oct 18, 2009 11:47 AM #18

I really like it I love mansions so much I wish i can go and get in one for one day lol but anyways nice i like it

Jun 22, 2010 05:44 AM #19

Me doing a bing search~ I come across this article. O-o wtf?! My family and I adore the Haunted Mansion.... and were searching for a house like it to buy. LOL... well, this was for sale in 2006. dratz~

Not like we could afford it anyways~

Jul 27, 2010 05:04 PM #20

My fiancee and I just went to Jim Thorpe this past weekend and took a tour of the Asa Packer mansion that is next door, the Harry Packer Mansion was built by Asa for his son when he got married.  According to the tour Disney did model the Haunted Mansion after the Harry Packer Mansion, and the huge chandelere (sp?) that is in the Asa Packer Mansion was also copied by MGM and put in Gone With the Wind, both houses are beautiful and the Harry Packer Mansion is currently a B&B that hosts Murder Mystery weekends.  If you've never been and have the opportunity to visit Jim Thorpe it is definately worthwhile, such a beautiful place

Oct 26, 2010 02:44 PM #21

Harry Packer is a fine house to be sure, but as far as Disney goes, it's a stretch for them to claim that it was much of an inspiration. Three of the four Disney Haunted Mansions are original designs (Tokyo Disneyland is a copy of the Magic Kingdom's haunted mansion in Florida), and none of them use the same architectural period at the Harry Packer home, must less mimic it stylistically.

Florida's Haunted Mansion (located in the park's Liberty Square section) is based on several Hudson River manor houses in upstate New York - in this, it's a composite design (John Hench, Designing Disney, 2003 and Jason Surrell, The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies are just a couple of references for this). Harry Packer can claim that the upper part of the tower on the southwestern end of the house is vaguely similar to the chimneys used on the Florida park's Haunted Mansion (on both the western and eastern ends of the mansion), but the rest of the house is completely different (in fact, the roofs of the Harry Packer house look more like the roofs of Main Street USA than the Haunted Mansions in any of Disney's parks).

Disneyland's (one word, not Disney Land) Haunted Mansion is located in New Orleans Square and is a composite of several plantation houses in Louisiana and South Carolina done in the Greek Revival style. It looks absolutely nothing like the Harry Packer house.

Disneyland Paris also has a Haunted Mansion (located in the park's Frontierland section), which was modeled (slightly more than loosely) on the house used in Psycho. That and Western US boarding houses done in a Western Victorian style.  

Feel free to Google Haunted Mansion for Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris. You'll find plenty of pictures to make some quick visual comparisons. It's good for marketing the home it seems, but I wouldn't buy it and make that claim only to have someone that's actually been to a Disney park visit and prove me entirely wrong.

Feb 21, 2011 04:51 PM #22
scott johnson

I have to come stay here, my Great Grandmother was Ethel Packer, her grandfather Edward Packer was influential in teaching Asa Packer to be a Carpenter when he first moved to Pennsylvania from where the Packer pilgrims settled in Mystic Conn.  Unfortunately the fortune never made it down to my generation.  This will be quite a strange and fun time. 

Aug 10, 2012 03:04 AM #23
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