Friends of Old Annville (FOOA) advocates for the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic homes and buildings in Annville, Pennsylvania. We also seek to develop within our community an appreciation of and interest in the history of Annville.
Our members helped to win recognition of the Annville Historic District by the National Register of Historic Places. We financially support maintenance and restoration through our annual Façade Grant Program for local homeowners and businesses. Our group also purchased and restored the Historic Annville Train Station which now serves as headquarters for Friends of Old Annville.
We publish for our membership the Landmark Newsletter six times a year. We have also helped to publish several books on Annville History: “Preserving History, Building Community”, “Annville Township”, “A Pictorial History of Annville”, “Annville A to Z”, “Porches”, and “Old West Annville”, as well as numerous booklets and monographs.
Friends of Old Annville initiated and maintains a large ongoing archival project: the construction of the Electronic Archive of Annville History. This on-line archive currently contains over 40,000 images, documents, and notes related to Annville history, and is available for use by donation for members of our organization.
For 31 years, our organization has sponsored Historic Old Annville Day, a day long street fair celebrating historic Annville that is held in the town center. The event draws over a hundred vendors and thousands of people into town to enjoy our beautiful 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 and mark park trails, and to raise the funds necessary to construct the Raymond J. Swingholm Footbridge and recently to expand the park through the purchase of 14 additional acres of stream-side land