Historic Listing
For the historically curious, here are some
places you should consider visiting while you
stay at Mary's Guesthouse, which is located
within walking distance of many of them,
and a short drive from others.

· Historic Sites/Tours in Jim Thorpe

the Jim Thorpe eXperience
(JTX) - Guided Historic Adventure Tours; hike/bike/walk
the best of the area with local guides who relate unique history and legend.

Tomb of the World's Greatest Athlete - East side of town, includes grave and memorial plaques telling the life story and accomplishments of our namesake

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center - a great starting point for local history

Old Jail Museum - tours of an imposing prison that housed some of the Molly Maguires until they were hanged right in the center hallway

Opera House - built at the height of Mauch Chunk's wealth, many famous performances held here (1881 - 1935), a revival is now beginning

St. Mark's Church - tours of this amazing house of worship, which features English tile and original Tiffany Stained Glass windows

Asa Packer Mansion - tours of this incredible 19th century home, still original!

Train station Visitor Center - a great first (brief) look at some local history and memorabilia, plus a place to get local information.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway - Train rides into beautiful Lehigh Gorge every
weekend in the spring, summer and fall.

Switchback Gravity Railroad - the first railroad in America? Maybe… but definitely a huge factor in the success of the town; now you can walk and bike its length

Walking Tour (booklet) - highlights history and architecture while strolling around

19th Century Architecture - the past riches have left a lasting legacy, highlighted by Millionaire's Row, the library, courthouse, churches, businesses, and the Mansions.

Flagstaff - 1000 feet above town with huge views and a storied past


NEARBY Historic Interests

Lansford #9 Mine & Museum - Tour a real coal mine, go 1600 feet into a mountain, experience tools and history

Eckley Miner's Village - Restored 19th century PA coal town, tours, reenactments, festivals

Black Diamond Auto Tour - Educational route of significant Anthracite mining sites

Molly Maguire Auto Tour -Listen to legends of the Coal Miners' Union while touring the historic sites

Audubon's Lehigh Auto Tour - 12 stops in areas visited and written about by John James Audubon

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour - another mine tour, a bit far (Scranton), but see next…

Steamtown National Historical Site - in Scranton, maybe visiting both sites would be worth it.

Lock #9 Lehigh Canal - Walnutport, 15 minutes away, a preserved lock tender's house aside a nice section of the canal