An historic local mansion and museum receives a new relic adding to the legacy of the family who once lived there.
Curators of the Asa packer mansion in Jim Thorpe received a donation of an old picture of the packer family's carriage driver Anthony Dierkes. Dierkes also tended to the family's garden mainly taking care of the grape vines. The picture was donated by Dierkes' great-great grandson Alex Haggerty who obtained it from his great aunt.
"It really grounds you in the town to know your ancestors were here for such a long time and had an impact with an important piece of this town's history."
"We are very blessed to have people bring things back to show who else was here to make the Packer legacy alive."
Bretzik says its great to have this picture of Mr. Dierkes because he is a big part of telling the entire history of the mansion and he is mentioned often during guided tours.