Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Heritage Day at Priestley House on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017

It will be Heritage Day at the Rev. Dr. Joseph Priestley’s Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1-4 p.m. for self-guided tours of the 18th century home of the renowned scientist, clergyman and education innovator. Costumed guides will staff the Federal-Georgian style interior, providing information about life in Northumberland between 1794 and 1804, when Priestley pursued his scientific and religious interests here.
Ronald Blatchley of New Berlin, a retired chemistry teacher, will re-enact the English-born Priestley’s early scientific demonstrations twice during the afternoon, at 1:30 and 2:30 pm.  In addition to the lab demonstrations there will be children’s games in several rooms of the mansion.

Ronald Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen




The annual fall event is sponsored by Friends of Joseph Priestley House. The house is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and administered by Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission. The Friends group, under an agreement with the PHMC, provides volunteer staff to keep the museum open to the public on weekends from March through November. Free admission .  Tickets required for chemistry demonstrations are available in the Visitor Center.


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