Mountain View Suites 3

Our Approach

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 four 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!

 

Our Story

My husband, Kevin, and I bought the property at the end of 2016.  I was born and raised in Jim Thorpe so I am extremely proud of this town and cannot wait to introduce you to all it has to offer.  Throughout the years, I have worked in the tourism industry - Pocono Whitewater, Pocono Biking, Skirmish Paintball, and the Inn at Jim Thorpe.  When the opportunity to own a piece of history and welcome guests to this beautiful town arose, we knew they had to do it.  I am knowledgeable about the town and county, and all it has to offer.  If you have a question about what to do, just ask me.

I am also the founder and executive director of a non-profit, Turn To Us, that advocates for individuals and their families in Carbon County impacted by a major or chronic illness.  I volunteer my time at the nonprofit.  Kevin is an accountant in the Philadelphia area.  We moved back to Jim Thorpe eight years ago to raise our children in the mountains.                        ~Alicia

History

Mountain View Suites was formerly known as Whitehurst Bed and Breakfast.  It was purchased and renovated in 2017 by the new owners.

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.

Architectual History

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.

Josiah White's House

Josiah White's home in its original location in front of Asa Packer Mansion

Original location in front of Asa Packer Mansion

Josiah White

Josiah White

Josiah White and partners Erskine Hazard and George Hauto founded Mauch Chunk in 1818.

Back in Time

Original Photo

Looking towards the dining room and living room windows

History in a Modern Setting

Just because the era was Victorian does not mean our decor needs to be.  Stay in a piece of history while enjoying modern decor.