Pennsylvania History Harvest

Northumberland County History Harvest

This exhibit features some of the historical items displayed at the Northumberland County History Harvests of 2017 and 2022.

The town of Northumberland was founded by Reuben Haines in 1772. The area that became the county was bought from the Iroquois people in 1768. The purchase was a part of the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, which established a Line of Property for Pennsylvanian settlers. Northumberland County was evacuated in 1778 during the Big Runaway, a mass evacuation after British forces devastated small communities in the Susquehanna Valley. Many of the evacuees relocated to Fort Augusta and what is now Sunbury.

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Source for Description: “Northumberland, Pennsylvania | Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.” Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, Accessed 20 July 2022.