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50 Years of Excellence

Timeline: A Look Back

Below please find a timeline marking some key dates during Foulkeways last 50 years.

1966

Allen J. White appointed Executive Director of Foulkeways, November 1966.

1966

Ground Breaking Ceremony: Left to right: Thomas J. Timoney, Esq., Sen. Richard S. Schweiker, Norman H. Winde, Eliza A. Foulke, Helen G. Stees, Richard B. Willis, Harry E. Sprogell.

1967

The Treasure and the Dream. A message from Gwynedd Monthly Meeting of Friends to Residents at Foulkeways, January 1967.

1967

The first residents arrive while construction is going on.

1969

Assistance Fund A was established to help residents with monthly expenses.

1969

Wimbledon (English golf croquet) begins.

1971

Orchard is started near the post office gardens.

1972

Residents, Henry Schmid and Charles Cook, designed and built the Japanese Bridge, the "Ohashi."

1973

Barn Committee is formed and first Barn sale is held.

1978

Allen White leaves his position as Executive Director and Donald Moon is appointed to succeed him.

1979

Residents, Fred Wyttenbach, John Holton and Graham Stabler, build the bridge between P & R sections and the main campus, naming it the Penn-Gwyn Bridge.

1980

Resident, Mary Harper, helps fund building a new Greenhouse and establishes a fund for an ongoing program.

1982

Resident, Doris Schwartz, RN, MA, is appointed as a Senior Fellow to the Geriatric Nursing Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

1983

Resident, Evelyn Stults, starts square dancing for experienced and novice dancers, with resident Canary McNary, as accompanist.

1984

Foulkeways stone monument entrance sign is built.

1986

Doug Tweddale takes on responsibility for day-to-day operations as Donald Moon begins Friends Retirement Concepts (FRC).

1988

Judge Albert Branson Maris, a resident of Foulkeways, is recognized for 50 years of service on the bench.

1988

The indoor swimming pool building, the Natatorium, is dedicated.

1991

Resident, Blanche Zimmerman, publishes the book "Foulkeways: The Treasure and the Dream" capturing the history of Foulkeways.

1992

Foulkeways celebrates it’s 25th Anniversary with a summer country fair for residents and families, staff and friends, as well as, neighbors and other guests.

1992

The first edition of Foulke Tymes, an employee newsletter, is published with Leslie Jordan, Jean Raiguel and Maggie Wood as editors.

1993

Nearly 500 residents watch the symbolic burning of the mortgage which celebrates the success of Gwynedd Meeting's "The Treasure and the Dream."

1995

Foulkeways Child Care Center starts with state approval for 36 children. The Center opens with six children enrolled.

1995

Tennis courts are installed and a fund drive headed by resident Sid Amritt finances the purchase of a ball machine for practices.

1998

Foulkeways hosts Foulke Family 300th Year Reunion.

2004

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new personal care facility, Abington House. Left to right: State Rep. Kate Harper, State Rep. Katherine Watson, State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf & Dep. Asst. to Gov. Edward Rendell, Aryanna Abouzari.

2006

Beaumont House moves to a new location to make way for Rte 202 expansion. The house moved 100 feet on 96 giant pneumatic wheels and was a televised and celebrated a community-wide event.

2010

Foulkeways New Community Center at Night.

2010

New Community Center Renovations including main dining room, bistro, meadow cafe, performance art center.

2010

New main dining room with open kitchen, chef carving station, and Moravian tiled fireplace.

2010

The new Meadow Cafe, a place residents could grab a quick delicious bite and catch up with friends and family, was just one of the many new dining options to choose from.

2011

A modern Performing Arts Concert Hall / Auditorium was built to provide residents with a state of the art venue to enjoy beautiful music, theatrical performances as well as speakers.

2013

Mike Peasley becomes CEO of Foulkeways as Doug Tweddale retires.

2015

Abington North Rendering of new personal care facility addition.

2015

Bird Blind Shed was built to watch birds inconspicuously in their natural habitat.

2016

Groundbreaking ceremony for new Abington North personal care center

2017

Setting Standards of Excellence in Retirement Living Since 1967

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