Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel

The Chapel as it looks today.

Priestley’s religiousness carried over to the U.S. when he came here later in life.  The Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel is the oldest church building in the Borough of Northumberland, PA.  The chapel was built in 1834 by members of the Unitarian Congregation and that included many descendants of Joseph Priestley’s grandson Joseph Raynor Priestley.  The chapel was used until the 20th century when the congregation size was too small to keep holding regular services.  It was used periodically for worship for Unitarians as well as a school house and Red Cross building.  Over the years many efforts to maintain the chapel were undertaken.  It still stands today; people can tour it and see diagrams of his oxygen experiments.  It is maintained by donations [5].

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