Spring Walking Tour

Splendid Stone Structures of Annville

A Walking Tour

Friends of Old Annville Spring Program

Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 PM

Park and Meet behind Christ UCC Church at 200 South White Oak Street in Annville

Friends of Old Annville is pleased to sponsor this walking tour of Historic Annville that features fifteen stunning stone structures from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. These magnificent buildings were constructed from local limestone and several of these buildings played important roles in the historical development of the town of Annville.

The very oldest homes (mid 1700s) in Annville were constructed of log, and many of these log structures still exist at the far west end of Annville but are now covered with siding. As the town grew (late 1700s, early 1800s) and became more affluent, some homes and other buildings began to be constructed of limestone from local quarries. After about 1850, brick became the building material of choice in Annville. This walking tour will focus entirely on the limestone structures.

Thus, on what we hope is a lovely spring afternoon in Annville, we will walk through historic neighborhoods, stopping to view the exteriors of fifteen beautiful and substantial limestone structures and briefly reviewing architectural and historical aspects of each.

Map of Walking Tour. Featured buildings are numbered and in red.

FOOA tour guides will accompany groups of 14-17 persons on the approximately 90-minute walk, and high-gloss brochures with a map of the walk and descriptions of the stone structures will be provided to registered walkers.

We will end the walk at the magnificent Raiguel Mansion just south of the bridge on White Oak. You will have the chance to view this beautiful home at your leisure while you enjoy refreshments provided by the Swatara Coffee Company of Annville and Jonestown. It is an easy, direct walk back to the church from the Raiguel mansion.

Surely, there can be no better way to spend May Day in Annville!

There is no charge for the event, but voluntary donations will be accepted.

Please register below by filling out the Registration Form and hitting SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.

Call or text Owen Moe at 717.644.1170 with any further questions or registration issues.

Other Stone Structures in Annville

This tour does not attempt to feature all of the historical stone structures in Annville, as the tour would simply be too long. We have therefore selected a group of buildings located largely in the west side of town. In doing so, we miss some wonderful stone homes on the east end of town. Below is one example of a beautifully restored stone home at the corner of Main Street and Bachman road that is not included on the tour.