Mountain View Suites
Come experience what Jim Thorpe, PA has to offer while staying at the oldest and most historic building in Mauch Chunk! Whether you’re here for a romantic getaway for two, a get away vacation, a unique shopping experience or for an action packed weekend, you’ll find that Mountain View Suites provides comfortable and
relaxing lodging for your stay in wonderful Jim Thorpe, PA.
Mountain View Suites is the modern choice of stay. All of the rooms are freshly renovated, new carpet, and new furniture. You have full use of living room, dining room, and kitchen. If you have skis, bikes, or kayaks, you can store them in our large shed. We have five guest rooms - all with private bathrooms with shower. Three rooms have Jacuzzi tubs in the room. Two have private decks. On the third floor, the deck offers breathtaking views of the mountains. Wait until you see this view in the Fall!
Originally constructed in 1822, as a modest home for the Quaker founder of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, Josiah White, Whitehurst served as the home for two other managers of the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company Edwin Douglas, and John Leisenring.
After becoming the second manager, Edwin Douglas doubled the square footage of the house by adding a parlor and a wrap-around porch. The third manager, John Leisenring, renovated the house in Italianate styling similar to the Asa Packer Mansion. In 1885, the Parkhurst Mansion of John Leisenring was disassembled from its foundations on Packer Hill overlooking the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District and moved, piece-by-piece across the Lehigh River to East Mauch Chunk, where it was reassembled into three-row homes.
One of these dwellings was completely renovated in 2004 into a five bedroom guest house with individual climate control and private baths (three rooms with spas.) Common areas are decorated with period furniture and displayed with artifacts and images memorializing the lives of the three managers. Most rooms have a private porch and spectacular views of the town and surrounding mountains.
Josiah White and partners Erskine Hazard and George Hauto founded Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) in 1818.
Whitehall – Built for Josiah White in 1822. The Manager’s home originally built in 1822 for LC&N cofounder Josiah White was called Whitehall. Built as a half house in the Federal style with white clapboard siding, flat window lintels, a low-pitched gable roof, and rectangular paneled doors.
In 1840, the second manager, Edwin Douglas, doubled the size of the house by adding a parlor. Exterior to the home, he added a wrap around porch.
Parkhurst – Rebuilt by John Leisenring in 1860. John Leisenring, the third manager and resident of
the Manager’s Home, worked as an engineer under Douglas. He became manager following the death of Douglas in 1860.
Leisenring remade the Manager’s home into a Victorian mansion following the lead of his neighbor, Asa Packer. The gable roof was removed to add a third story, and Italianate decorations were applied to the eaves. Leisenring renamed the residence, Parkhurst .
When Leisenring died in 1884, the house was disassembled and moved to East Mauch Chunk in 1885. Leisenring’s son in-law, Dr. Wentz – a non-practicing physician, built a brick mansion on the site in 1886. It survived until the 1960s when it served as the Moose Hall. The Carbon County Courthouse Annex parking lot currently occupies the site.
HISTORY IN A MODERN SETTING
Just because the era was Victorian does not mean our decor needs to be. We have joined the beauty of Victorian style with modern touches. You will see a fusion of both styles throughout the property, and giving you a unique experience while staying with us. Come stay in a piece of history while enjoying the modern decor!
JOSIAH WHITE'S HOUSE
The Whitehall built for Josiah White was originally located in front of Asa Packer Mansion
MOUNTAIN VIEW SUITES BACK IN TIME
Looking towards the dining room and living room windows