Tour of the Historic Bishop Mills House, 444 East Main Street in Annville
Sunday, October 20, 2-4 p.m.
Join us for a leisurely tour of the historic Bishop Mills House at 444 East Main Street on Sunday, October 20 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. To convey a flavor of the historic significance and beauty of this iconic Annville home, which is currently for sale, we transcribe below a feature article from the Sunday Lebanon Daily News from 35 years ago, when the house was owned by local artist Bruce Johnson and his wife Donna Johnson. The Mills house was also owned more recently by the family of FOOA Vice-President Paul Fullmer.
Annville Revisited by Kay Roher, LDN Sunday News, October 21, 1984
In 1906 workmen constructed the large house at 444 E. Main St., Annville, for nine cents an hour. When the present owner, Bruce Johnson, has the slate roof replaced it will cost more than it did to build the entire house. Victorian, with Georgian stylings, the brick three-story home was constructed for Alfred K. Mills, a bishop in the United Methodist Church, at a cost of $11,500. It is now listed as part of the National Historic District of Annville. Johnson has the blueprints and the expense book that reveal interesting details about the home. Bruce and Donna Johnson are the second owners of the house which they purchased five years ago. They fell in love with its details – the gambrel roof, palladian windows, stained glass windows, original lighting fixtures and oak woodwork. . . . They have done everything they could to preserve the house, which was in good shape structurally. “It was built like a fortress,” Johnson said. They searched for a long time to find a roofer who still knew how to put on a slate roof. Despite the roof’s cost, “we don’t want any changes from the early 20th century,” the Johnsons said.