Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Twelfth Night Celebration on Sunday, January 5 2020

Twelfth Night Celebration at Joseph Priestley House, Sunday January 5 from 4 to 7 pm.

In merry old England Twelfth Night marked the end of Christmas, and it was commonly believed that all seasonal decorations were to be taken down on that date to avoid bad luck for the year.  It was a night of gaiety often filled with practical jokes and short plays.  Have you ever wondered how the Priestley family celebrated Twelfth Night in Northumberland?    A time for merrymaking, the Twelfth Night celebration will feature musical entertainment, experiments by Dr. Joseph Priestley in his laboratory, children’s activities, wassail, Twelfth Night or king’s cake, and other warm and spicy refreshments that would have been enjoyed during the Priestley family’s celebrations. Plan now to attend this festive occasion when the Friends of Joseph Priestley House will host a Twelfth Night celebration on the Sunday evening prior to Epiphany, January 3rd, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The Joseph Priestley House will be decorated for the occasion with greenery and the warm glow of lantern light will add to the ambience of the evening.

Free admission.Visitor Center open from4 pm to 7 pm.  House decorated as Enlish manor house for Twelfth Day.   Tour the house on your own and visit with costumed docents in each room.  Chemistry demonstration  by Dr. Priestley in the lab at 4:30  pm and 5:30pm.  Limited seating. Tickets available in the Visitor Center


Ronald Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen

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