Joseph Priestley House

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

Priestley Pilgrimage

You are invited on a Priestley Pilgrimage

“The Joseph Priestley House” by Bradley Shoemaker used by permission of the artist. Limited edition prints are available from the Friends of Joseph Priestley House.

Folk long to go on pilgrimage,
To go seek out strange strands,
Of far off saints,
hallowed in sundry lands.
From the Prologue, Canterbury Tales

On a Priestley Pilgrimage to Northumberland, Pa you visit

  • Joseph Priestley House Museum and Laboratory
  • Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel
  • Riverview Cemetery
  • Northumberland’s Historic District

Joseph Priestley House Museum & LaboratoryJoseph Priestley House Museum & Laboratory

Completed in 1798 the house is a state museum administered by The Friends of Joseph Priestley House. The museum is open for guided tours on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (except Easter) from mid-March until the end of November. Tours are at 1, 2 and 3 PM. Tours at other times can be arranged. A fee is charged. Museum has a gift shop.

Call 570-473-9474 or visit
Location: 472 Priestley Avenue

Joseph Priestley Memorial ChapelJoseph Priestley Memorial Chapel

This lovely country chapel was built in 1834 by descendants of Joseph Priestley together with the local Unitarian congregation. The chapel is open for a program of words and music on the first Sunday morning of each month. For arrangements to visit the chapel go to

Location: 380 Front Street

Riverview CemeteryRiverview Cemetery

This community cemetery was established in 1853 by Priestley’s grandson. The cemetery holds the gravesites of Joseph and Mary Priestley and many of their descendents.
A map of the cemetery is available at the Priestley House.

Location: Hanover and 7th Street

Northumberland’s Historic DistrictNorthumberland’s Historic District

  • Take a self-guided walking tour of Northumberland’s Historic District. Pick up a booklet at the Priestley House.
  • Make arrangements to visit the Northumberland area UU congregation. Call 570-473-9331 or visit
  • For other points of interest in the area or for overnight accommodations: call 1-800-525-7320 or visit

Download the Priestley Pilgrimage Brochure here! [PDF format - 550K]