Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Twelfth Night at Priestley House

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Twelfth Night at Priestley House
January 5, 2020 4:00 pm
January 5, 2020 7:00 pm
Free Admission
Friends of Joseph Priestley House
November 5, 2019
Joseph Priestley House
472 Priestley Avenue, Northumberland, PA, 17857, United States

Twelfth Night at Joseph Priestley House, Sunday January 5, 2020  from 4 to 7 pm.

Twelfth Night Celebration

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 6, 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 from 4 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 in the Pond Building by Dr. Priestley  at 4:30 pm and 5:30pm.  Limited seating.  Tickets available in the Visitor Center.

Ron Blatchley as Joseph Priestley testing for oxygen