Plan to attend the FOOA Annual Dinner Meeting on Saturday, October 2, 2021. Details here: 2021 Annual Dinner
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 and through our Historic Building Awards, given to recognize major rennovations to historic buildings in Annville. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, usually 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.
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Friends of Old Annville awarded its Historic Building Award of 2019 to St. Anthony Coptic Church at 118 West Main in Annville, recognizing the beautiful art work added to the exterior of the building. The award is given for recent major restorations of historic building in Annville. See picture at the right. […]
Friends of Old Annville has recently awarded $4,000 in Facade Restoration Grants to preservation projects in Annville. The first grant of $3000 was awarded in support of the removal of existing siding and restoration of the limestone exterior of the Rotunda Restaurant and Brewery at 245 West Main Street in Annville (see picture at right). […]
Despite the threat posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the ever-present possibility of lousy weather, the Annual Dinner Meeting of Friends of Old Annville went forward with great success. Under the roof of the Kiwanis Pavilion next to the Annville-Cleona Community Pool off East Maple St., we were graced by a lovely autumn evening, […]