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CCEDC plans business card exchange in JT

Published August 13. 2013 05:03PM

Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corp. will hold a business card exchange and networking event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions. Those attending will have the opportunity to tour the first floor of the Asa Packer Mansion, then head over to the Harry Packer Mansion where sleek cars, great wine and networking are on the agenda. Get a sneak peek at the hottest new Jaguar before it's available to the public, courtesy of Bennett Automotive Group, Allentown.

CCEDC and Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce members are free. Prospective members will pay a nominal fee.

Perched atop Packer Hill, just steps from historic downtown, the Harry Packer Mansion sits like a sentinel overlooking the village.

The mansion's impressive facade could have been taken from a Gothic novel, so much so that the building's design caught the eye of Disney Imagineers and it became the inspiration for Walt Disney World's "Haunted Mansion."

The interior is anything but spooky. Fifteen foot ceilings, marble fireplaces and gilded mirrors reflect the elegance of the Victorian age. Guest accommodations are furnished with period antiques, luxurious fabrics and carefully selected artwork.

The Asa Packer Mansion was the home of philanthropist, railroad magnate and found of Lehigh University, Asa Packer.

Built in 1861 by Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan, the home was constructed over a span of two years and cost a total of $14,000. Topped by a red-ribbed tin roof and central cupola, or belvedere, the home was built over a cast iron frame and consists of three stories, 18 rooms and approximately 11,000 square feet of living space. I5t is open for guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. See the website at

For reservations or additional information, call (610) 379-5000.

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