Friends of Old Annville, Inc.(FOOA) was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1981. Our mission is to promote historic preservation and to develop an awareness and appreciation of the rich history of the town of Annville, Pennsylvania (read a recent History of Annville and two older histories, Croll in 1885 and Bierman in 1899). You can also view a short video on the founding of FOOA that was produced by Lebanon Valley College students in 2013: Mission of FOOA
Friends of Old Annville is a strong advocate for preservation and adaptive reuse of historic homes and buildings in downtown Annville. Our members helped to win recognition of the Annville Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. We support maintenance and restoration through our annual Façade Grant Program for local homeowners and businesses. Our group also restored the Historic Annville Train Station which now serves as headquarters for Friends of Old Annville.
We publish for our membership our Landmark Newsletter six times a year. We have also helped to publish several books on Annville History: Annville Township, A Pictorial History of Annville, and Old West Annville, as well as numerous booklets and monographs.
Friends of Old Annville has recently initiated a large ongoing archival project: the construction of the Electronic Archive of Annville History. This on-line archive currently contains over 20,000 images, documents, and notes related to Annville history, and is available for use by donation for members of our organization. Contact Paul Fullmer (717 867-4640) to register for access to the archives.
For over 25 years, our organization has sponsored Historic Old Annville Day, a day long celebration of historic Annville that is held in the town center on the second Saturday in June. The event draws thousands of people into town to enjoy our beautiful historic town center.
The Quittie Creek Park Committee of Friends of Old Annville has worked to bring Annville’s Quittie Creek Nature Park into existence, to maintain and mark park trails, to raise the funds necessary to construct the Raymond J. Swingholm Footbridge, and recently to expand the park through the purchase of 11 additional acres.
FOOA Board Meeting
Mar 12, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Old Annville Movie Matinee
Mar 15, 2015 | 2:00 PM
Historic Old Annville Day – June 13, 2015
Jun 13, 2015 | All Day
The Great Annville Tornado Walk
Oct 11, 2015 | 2:00 PM
Tour of Lorenz House On Sunday, October 19, 2014 approximately 40 members of the Friends of Old Annville toured one of the truly stunning historic restorations in Annville. Scott Eggert and Dan Massad, the owners of the Lorenz House at 112 North College Avenue, opened the restored home for a special walk-through tour of this former […]
The Annville Economic Development Authority (AEDA) was selected as the winner of the 2014 Historic Building Award that is given annually by Friends of Old Annville. The award, announced at the Annual Dinner Meeting of FOOA on November 8, 2014, is given to recognize a major restoration project in the Annville Historic District. For 2014, FOOA recognized […]
Nevin and Eileen Hoover were awarded Friends of Old Annville’s 2011 Historic Building Award for their restoration of their fire-damaged historic home at 125 West Main Street.