Northumberland Real Estate Office

Two branches of the Susquehanna River flow together at Northumberland, providing a picturesque setting.

Steeped in history, Northumberland has homes dating back to the early 1700s. Once a busy hub of canal barges that were later replaced by the growing railroad industry, Northumberland has played an integral part in the growth of the Central Susquehanna Valley.

Northumberland is coupled with the City of Sunbury, located just two short bridge spans away. Both towns were incorporated in 1772. While Northumberland was home to Dr. Joseph Priestley (the discoverer of oxygen), Sunbury has the distinction of having been a proving ground for Thomas A. Edison and his incandescent light bulb. It also was home to the great Oneida Chief Shikellamy and Fort Augusta.

Located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 147 and U.S. Route 11, this area is easily accessed from points north and south. Boating, water sports, fishing and associated tournaments, hiking and biking trails, golf courses, hunting and gun clubs make this area a year-round treasure for those seeking recreation. The Shikellamy Marina, located between Northumberland and Sunbury, and Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg are popular summer destinations.

Northumberland and Sunbury are located in an area referred to as the Central Susquehanna Valley. The five-county region includes Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour and Columbia counties. A large percentage of the land area is agricultural and woodland.

These smaller-than-average, rural communities have populations of 100-10,000, with residents traveling 5-25 miles to employment. Small industrial parks are scattered throughout the area with major employers that include Resilite Sport Products, Inc.; Sunbury Textile Mills; and ConAgra. The area also serves as home for the corporate headquarters of Furmano Foods and Weis Markets, Inc.

Three universities (Bucknell, Susquehanna, and Bloomsburg) are located within 25 miles of Northumberland, and several small learning institutions in the area provide specialized technical training for various occupations. As part of Appalachia, the region has been fortunate to receive numerous grants and low-interest loans for improvement of water and sewer facilities, downtown restorations, and rejuvenation of rental housing, etc.

Northumberland is a great place to live, work and raise a family, while enjoying all the benefits of a tranquil, rural atmosphere where people care about each other.

Villager's Northumberland real estate office opened in 2005.