Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library

Coordinates: 40°53′20.31″N 76°47′36.75″W / 40.8889750°N 76.7935417°W / 40.8889750; -76.7935417
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Dr. Joseph Priestley House
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library is located in Pennsylvania
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library is located in the United States
Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library
Location100 King Street,
Northumberland, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°53′20.31″N 76°47′36.75″W / 40.8889750°N 76.7935417°W / 40.8889750; -76.7935417
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.81000554
Added to NRHPSeptember 11, 1981[1]

The Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library, also known as the Dr. Joseph Priestley House or Cross Keys Inn, in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[1]

History and architectural features[edit]

This historic library building was originally erected and operated as an inn in 1820. It was purchased circa 1880 by the theologian and scientist Joseph Priestley's great-grandson, Dr. Joseph Priestley, who used it as a home and medical office. It was converted into a public library circa 1925.[2]

It is located at 100 King Street in Northumberland, at the corner of Front Street (Route 11). It is within the Northumberland Historic District, which also includes the Joseph Priestley House.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Elizabeth A. G. Renn (November 5, 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Dr. Joseph Priestley House / Cross Keys Inn / Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library" (pdf). National Park Service. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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