Fogelsville is named after Judge John Fogel, who built the first building in the area, a hotel, in 1798.
Fogelsville surrounds a number of large industrial parks and corporate centers. The town is known as a large regional trucking hub.
Major roads servicing Fogelsville include Interstate 78 and Pennsylvania Route 100. These two roads intersect in a cloverleaf, which is one of the busiest in the western Lehigh Valley.
While the village of Fogelsville can be found at ZIP code 18051, immediately surrounding areas to the east and south use the Allentown ZIP code of 18106 or the Breinigsville ZIP code of 18031, respectively.
Fogelsville was once the terminus of the Catasauqua and Fogelsville Railroad (later extended to Rittenhouse Gap) and the site of extensive iron ore mining to supply the iron furnaces of the
Fogelsville was the former home to Penn State Lehigh Valley, a satellite campus of Penn State University. Founded in 1912, it is the oldest of all of Penn State's satellite campuses.
Fogelsville is the location of Minority Health Care Communications, Inc, founded in 2002. MHCC Inc. is the steward organization of The National Conference on African-Americans and AIDS, National Conference on Latinos and AIDS, and The National Conference on African-Americans and Cancer.
One of the six Yocco's Hot Dogs restaurants, the Lehigh Valley-based fast food establishment known for their hot dogs and cheesesteaks, is located in Fogelsville, on Pennsylvania Route 100. The original Yocco's, founded in 1922, is located in center city Allentown, on West Liberty Street.