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Northumberland County

Northumberland County is named for Northumberland County in England, Great Britain.’


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lycoming County

E – Montour County and Columbia County

S – Schuykill County and Dauphin County

W – Perry CountyJuniata CountySnyder County and Union County


Created:  March 21, 1772                       Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northumberland County

County Seat:

Sunbury  1772 – present


County Courthouse – Sunbury  


Location:  201 Market Street / South 2nd Street

Built:  1864 – 1885

Style:  Romanesque Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia

Contractor:  D S Rissell


Description:  The building faces north and  is a three story white colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sunbury. The front part of the building is the original section and the addition was added in 1911 to 1915 giving the building an “L” shape. On the northwest corner is a large square bell tower rising to a rounded tower with clock and rounded roof. Another square tower is at the northeast corner. The front facade of the building has three arched doors surrounded by massive stone work and topped by a stone balcony. This stone work and the striking corner quoins of the building were probably made of brownstone quarried near Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Second and third story windows on the front facade are topped by dripstone. The building has narrow arched windows, quoins at the corners and brackets under the eaves. The building is painted with white and brown colored trimIn the interior, the first story has marble tiled floors. The large courtroom is on the second story. The building houses the Court of Common Pleas. A wing was added in 1911. In 1915, an addition was added on the north front. The architect was William H Lee and the contractor was Shamokin Lumber & Manufacturing Company.


Note:  The building was copied from the design of Samuel Sloan of Philadelphia for the Lycoming CourthouseIn 1872, the clock was built and installed by E Howard of Boston.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Northumberland County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1772 and Sunbury was selected as the county seat. The first court met in a log house at Fort Augusta in 1772. The first courthouse was built in 1797 at the western end of the Public Square. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1865 to 1866 at a cost of $100,000.



County Courthouse – Sunbury







































Photos taken 2006 and 2015