The borough of Northumberland, affectionately known to locals as “Norry” is a borough of approximately 3,500 people. Located at the confluence of the scenic Susquehanna, Northumberland is a small but vibrant community, dedicated to the celebration of its rich history. Much of the borough is part of the Northumberland Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Northumberland honors its most famous citizen, the eighteenth century scientist, theologian and philosopher Joseph Priestly, by maintaining the Joseph Priestly House Museum. The Priestly House is a National Historic Landmark. The museum is now fully staffed by volunteers, refusing to close its doors when state funding was eliminated. The Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library, built by a great grandson of Priestly, still stands in the historic downtown.
The Northumberland Corn Festival is held annually to benefit the Northumberland History Day, traditionally held on the second Saturday in May. King Street Park is host to the annual Pineknotter Days, a weeklong celebration of community and tradition featuring food, entertainment, crafts, and a soapbox derby race. This active community also hosts a fall festival, outdoor concerts in the park, and a farmer’s market. Liberty Splashland, operated by the borough, includes a 6,400 square foot swimming pool, sand volleyball court and picnic facilities.
Borough of Northumberland
Joseph Priestly House
Shikellamy School District
Joseph Priestly-Forsyth Library