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 1700’s. Once a hub of the busy barge canals, 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 incorporated in 1772. While Northumberland was the home to Dr. Joseph Priestley (the “discoverer of oxygen”), Sunbury has the distinction of being a proving ground for Thomas A. Edison and his incandescent light bulb, as well as a home to the great Chief Shikellamy and the large Fort Augusta.
Located at the intersection of 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 Knoebel’s Grove Family Amusement Park in Elysburg are popular summer destinations.
Located in an area referred to as the Central Susquehanna Valley, this region includes the five counties of Northumberland, Snyder, Union, Montour and Columbia. A large percentage of the land area is agricultural and woodland. The communities are smaller than average with populations of 100-10,000, with residents traveling 5-25 miles to employment. Although rural, there are small industrial parks scattered throughout with major industries being represented such as Resilite Sport Products, Inc., Sunbury Textile Mills, and ConAgra; and the corporate homes 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 allow for 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, rejuvenations 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 other people.
Villager’s Northumberland office was opened in 2005. Currently there are 6 agents and 1 administrative assistant. The office manager is Pam Whitenight who also carries the SRES designation (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) to provide assistance, support and information to those 55+. The office is fortunate to have Beverly Attkisson with her knowledge of condominiums and townhouse developments. Ted Yeager and Beverly Attkisson are also experienced appraisers.
In the coming months, the Northumberland Office will collect non-perishable goods for the local food pantry as part of the Realtor Reach Out Campaign, and receive gifts for Toys for Tots.