Friends of Old Annville, Inc. (FOOA) incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1981 with a mission to promote historic preservation and develop an appreciation of the rich history of the town of Annville, PA. FOOA advocates the 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 30,000 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 a street fair in our 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 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 of creek-side land.
Friends of Old Annville awarded four new Facade Restoration Grants in 2016 and one hold-over from 2015 in support of historic restoration projects in Annville. The grants totaling $5600 supported the following projects on key historic Annville buildings: A. Replacement of windows in the 1793 limestone home at 146 West Main Street, owned by Adrienne Stalek […]
Special Showing of Our Town Annville on the Big Screen at the Allen Theatre Sunday, October 23, 5:30-7:00 PM at the Allen Theatre On Sunday, October 23, at 5:30 PM, Friends of Old Annville and the Allen Theatre will sponsor a special, one-time showing of the well-known local classic, Our Town Annville. Produced in […]
The Friends of Old Annville Spring 2016 Program was held at the Historic Annville Train Station on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 2 PM. Owen Moe presented a program on the history of the Annville Lime Company on Bachman Road. A PDF of Owen’s presentation can be viewed at http://www.fooa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/lime-kiln-talk-annotated-4-10-2016.pdf
Friends of Old Annville called together an Allen Theatre Digital Project Committee in June of 2015 for the purpose of raising the funds necessary to purchase a new digital projection system for the Allen Theatre. Our fund raising efforts last July on behalf of the Allen Theatre elicited a strong and broad-based community response: 71 […]