Packer House Inn has closed. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed having our many guests come and stay with us in Wellsboro. For future booking inquires, please stay tuned…
The Old Village, with its cobblestone streets and distinctive architecture, is a lovely hamlet in Wellsboro. It’s only minutes from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and surrounded by rolling hills. Enjoy the luxury of Packer House Inn on the gas-lit boulevard that leads through beautiful Wellsboro, which is located just minutes from the entrance to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.
Dr. Nelson Packer, a well-known Civil War surgeon who moved to Wellsboro in 1838 to start a medical practice and surgery in an untamed region, built the Packer House Inn. Dr. Nelson Packer and his wife, Mary McDougall, had one son, Horace, who served six terms as a member of the Pennsylvania and United States legislatures. The family was known for their charitable acts. Horace Packer was one of the first endowment trustees of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, which he signed in 1919. The Horace B. Packer Foundation helped to finance the construction of Packer Park and Pool in Wellsboro. Between 2000 and 2010, the Horace B. Packer Foundation provided scholarships to Mansfield University students and donated over $2 million to deserving Tioga County nonprofit organizations.
Packer House Inn | 133 Main Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901
Wellsboro is a borough in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, 48 miles (77 km) northwest of Williamsport and 138 miles (222 km) southwest of Scranton. In the early 20th century, it was the commercial center for a large rural area. As of the 2010 census the population was 3,384, down from 3,607 at the 2000 census.
The town is home to the first gas well in the United States, and site of the Horace B. Packer House, a Victorian-style mansion built by one of the area’s wealthiest citizens in 1859. It is now a bed and breakfast inn.
Packer founded Mansfield Classical Seminary in 1857, and the school attracted students from around the nation. When the Civil War began, nearly all of the young men enrolled left to join the Union Army. Packer himself served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1863 to 1864.