Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Priestley Descendants Gather at Joseph Priestley House

The Friends of Joseph Priestley House held a gathering of the  descendants of Joseph and Mary Priestley on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6, 2017 at  Priestley’s American home to learn about the life and achievements of their famous ancestors.

The first gathering of descendants at Priestley House occurred in August 1874 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discovery of oxygen.  Another gathering in September 1926 celebrated the opening of the Priestley Museum. The third in August 1994 celebrated the 200th anniversary of the emigration of Joseph and Mary Priestley from England to America.

During the weekend descendants had a top to bottom tour of the house to visit the rooms of the house, the basement and the attic and rooftop widows walk or parapet.  After a picnic lunch the group were lead on a walking tour of Priestley homes in Northumberland and visited the Riverview cemetery where many of their descendants are buried.  The day concluded with an evening meal at which each descendant introduced themselves and described how they are related to Joseph Priestley.




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