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Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library (Cross Keys Inn)

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Cross Keys Inn
c. 1815–1858, 1864. 100 King St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Built as the Cross Keys Inn, this three-story Federal-style building on the corner of the village green is constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond on a stone foundation. Original six-over-six windows survive only on the second floor; the Italianate bracketed cornice and door surround were introduced when the building was remodeled as a residence and physician's office by Priestley's great-grandson Dr. Joseph Priestley in 1864. His daughter, Frances Priestley Forsyth, and her sister-in-law, Mary Forsyth Herr, endowed the library as a memorial to their families in 1926.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library (Cross Keys Inn)", [Northumberland, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 400-400.

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