This Jim Thorpe Church Is a Historic Gem
St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church is a local landmark in Jim Thorpe, a town known for its awe-inspiring architecture and storybook-like streets. This Gothic Revival church rises above Race Street, its stone tower silhouetted against the backdrop of the rolling mountains. But as impressive as the church is from the outside, there are even more treasures inside. We joined one of their popular tours to see it for ourselves.
The church was designed by renowned architect Richard Upjohn and completed in 1869. Asa Packer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad helped fund much of the construction. Packer’s descendants continued to add to the church, such as an Otis birdcage elevator and a stone reredos (a screen behind the altar) modeled after the one at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
St. Mark’s and St. John’s is also known for their intricate stained glass windows, including several by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A brilliant rose window casts a colorful, tranquil glow across the church.
The church is still in use today. Sunday services are offered at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church is located at 21 Race Street in Jim Thorpe. They offer 30-minute tours every Wednesday through Sunday from May through October. Tours begin every half hour from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $5 per person. Tickets are available online, or you can call (570) 325-2241 for more information.