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 of historic buildings 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: Preserving History, Building Community (2019); A is for Annville;(2018) Annville Township (2011); A Pictorial History of Annville; and Old West Annville, as well as numerous booklets and monographs. Friends of Old Annville maintains a large ongoing archival project: 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 Michael Schroeder (email@example.com) to register for access to the archives.
For over 30 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 and a second purchase of 2.6 additional acres.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Vendors interested in participating can download application forms here: For-Profit Vendors Non-Profit Organizations Consider being a Sponsor for Historic Old Annville Day. Details are provided here: HOAD Sponsorship This year marks the 31st consecutive celebration of Historic Annville, as organized and promoted annually by Friends of Old Annville. This event takes place in the center […]
Friends of Old Annville has awarded four Facade Grants in 2018 totalling $6,000, supporting historic preservation projects in Annville, Pennsylvania. The project descriptions for each of the grants are given below. 426 East Main Street — roof repair ($2,000). As homeowner Tamara Heagy expressed in an email, “Thank you so very much! You have no […]
Program Held on Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM at the Stone Pumphouse Building on Spruce Street. When did running water, delivered by underground pipes first come to the homes in Annville? Where did the drinking water come from? Why were public and private wells prohibited in Annville after the introduction of commercial drinking water? […]
THIS YEAR, 2018, marks the 30th consecutive annual celebration of Historic Old Annville Day, a one-day street fair held along West Main Street, right in the middle of the oldest sections of Annville’s National Historic District. It is a day that celebrates the town of Annville, its rich history, and it’s wonderful historic buildings from […]