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  • Tours Conducted at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the following days
  • June 9, 2018 and June 23, 2018, July 14, 2018 and July 28, 2018, August 11, 2018 and August 25, 2018, September 8, 2018 and September 22, 2018, October 13, 2018 and October 27, 2018

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Free Admission

Fricks Locks National Register Historic District is open for tours every other Saturday from May through October. Check back for 2018 tour schedule.

About Fricks Locks Village

The restored village began as a family farm. In the early 1800s, the Schuylkill Navigation Company built locks as part of the canal system that went through the property. A small village developed, supported by the commerce from the canal. Later, residential properties were built to house canal workers and supporting businesses. However, after railroads supplanted the canal, the town’s economy faltered. Then, in 1969,the entire village was purchased by PECO, as part of the “exclusion zone” for the the Limerick Nuclear plant, which was constructed nearby. The homes were boarded up, and for years the abandoned village sat as a ghost town, it’s buildings falling into ruin.

In 2013, a $2.3 million restoration, funded largely by Exelon, rehabilitated the exterior of nine buildings. While the village is not generally accessible to the public, tours are given periodically, taking visitors through the evolution of Fricks Locks from a small farming community to a flourishing village.

Eventually, the Schuylkill River Trail will pass through the former village.

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Date/Time Date(s) - June 11, 2022 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Location 495-501 Lower Fricks Lock Road, Pottstown, PA

Frick’s Lock Village; located at 495-501 Lower Fricks Lock Road, Pottstown ; is a hamlet consisting of buildings dating to the 1700s. The section of canal through Fricks Locks Village was located about 100 feet north of the 1757 farmhouse. The double lock was located about 250 feet west of the farmhouse. The canal contributed to the growth of Fricks Locks Village as it did with all its stopover points and trading locations. (For a more detailed description, read the short history below and see the wikipedia page .)

The East Coventry Township Historical Commission (ECHC) – Fricks Locks Volunteer Committee and Exelon host Fricks Locks Village Tours on an ongoing basis. The tours will be held at 10:00 am, 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm on the following dates:

May 28, 2022 June 11 & 25, 2022 July 9 & 23, 2022 August 13 & 27, 2022 September 10 & 24, 2022 October 8 & 22, 2022

(Cancellations will be posted after 12:00 noon on Friday preceding tour date)

Volunteers Welcome

The ECHC is seeking volunteers for the Oral History Committee. Although much of our history comes from research of various historical archives such as government records and newspapers, oral histories make our records come alive! Oral histories record local residents’ memories of everyday family life and special events. The ECHC is seeking volunteers for the Oral History Committee to volunteer to assist in recording oral histories.

If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the above mentioned Committees or wish further information, call the Township Office at (610) 495-5443.

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Fricks Locks Village began as a family farm.  When the Schuylkill Naviation Company built ‘the locks’ a small village developed supported by the commerce possible due to the canal traffic.  Prior the canal’s opening in 1825 it was expected that 10,000 tons of coal would be shipped on the canal.  By the 1850’s more than 1,000,000 tons of coal was being shipped! Residential properties developed to house those who worked on the canal or for supporting businesses.  We will take you through the evolution of Fricks Locks from a small farming community to a flourishing village.

Guided tours presented the second and fourth Saturdays of the month June through October. Tour times are 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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Located in East Coventry Township

Directions: Take Rt. 422 to Rt. 724 (Phoenixville Exit), turn left at end of ramp and follow Rt. 724 for 1.10 th mile, turn left on Fricks Lock Road, follow through stop sign for a total of 0.85 mile to gate. Go through the gate to parking lot on left. See tour guides and enjoy your tour.

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The East Coventry Historical Commission runs FREE tours of Fricks Locks Village: a historical village dating back to the 18th century preserved by the East Coventry Township and Excelon Corporation. Tours are every other Saturday from May to October.

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Fricks Locks Village is a collection of homes (arguably more of a hamlet than village) dating from the 1700s when this part of PA was farm country. Development continued through the decades, with... Read more

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It is a free tour that covers a community closed when the power plant was being constructed. They do a nice job. Read more

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Tour of Frick's Lock Village showcases history

Tour of Frick's Lock Village showcases history

Tour of Frick's Lock Village showcases history

EAST COVENTRY – After undergoing a $2.3 million restoration, the guided tour of Frick’s Lock Village last week was a crowd pleaser.

People were split up into large groups, each one sent after the other. Tours were led from building to building with a speaker educated in the history of Frick’s Lock Village.

Two of those speakers were Rebekah and Priscilla Elliott, sisters to Bill Carl who lived in the old locktender’s house in the village in the late 1930s. That same house caught fire in 2008, becoming one of the stops for the tour guide.

Other speakers were volunteers, either using diagrams and old documents or the building itself to help people imagine the village in its heyday. The village used to be a local town along the Schuylkill Navigation Canal with a lock system that stretched from Reading to Parker Ford.

The canal boats would transfer coal, grain, and manufactured goods using the canal. It was more reliable than rivers (which could flood) and roads (which could flood).

Boats would be pulled by teams of mules through the canal, moving at the speed of roughly two to three miles per hour. The canal was considered to be something of a nautical highway back in the day.

However, with the introduction of the railroad, the lock system lost its momentum. In 1969 it was bought by PECO for the Limerick nuclear plant in the ‘exclusion zone’, barring it from being occupied.

The twin white towers of the plant are in clear view walking down the path from building to building. Exelon forbids the use of video footage in the tour but allows photography of many of the sites.

The tour also led the group through the Canal Store and Frick’s Quarry Rocks, the latter of which paved downtown Philadelphia.

The family of Fricks that started the village lasted three generations in a house built naturally on a spring, the canal running through their backyard.

After walking as far down as the tour could go, visitors walked back, taking in all the sights again. Free refreshments were served at the tent right beside the exit.

The tour was very populated, as every single speaker only had a few minutes in between each group. There were some logjams, but even the downtime was occupied with music of Paul Roussey, who played a five-string banjo on the porch of one of the houses.

As one party left, even more people were lining up to see the 19th century village in all of its restored glory.

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It is a free tour that covers a community closed when the power plant was being constructed. They do a nice job.

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Fricks Locks Village is a collection of homes (arguably more of a hamlet than village) dating from the 1700s when this part of PA was farm country. Development continued through the decades, with the locks, several more residences, barns and out buildings, and a store were constructed. Jumping forward, the circa 1960s construction of Limerick Power Plant forced the abandonment of these homes. A family of sisters who once lived in the village now work in apparent cooperation with the Power Plant to "preserve" what is left of the village. At times (e.g. summer weekends) free walking tours are provided, which last approximately 90 minutes and require moderate walking on a paved surface. You can't go in the buildings or walk off-path. The sisters do their very best to tell the story of the place, but it is clearly out of their league. In over 15 years of management, not a whole can be shown for the effort, which I suspect is because a lot of work is not visible to the naked eye. I believe they said they had obtained $75k in grants, which is nothing. A professional preservationist needs to be brought on as project manager to ensure that these buildings will last. If the women want to continue to give tours, some public speaking classes (don't just read everything), customer service (a little warmth goes a long way), and not wearing political attire would be baseline places to start. In short, this place holds a lot of potential but it needs significant improvements to the management.

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Www.schuylkillriver.org/detail.aspxid=5866   (610) 495-5443   fricks locks national register historic district is open for tours every other saturday from may through october.   the restored village began as a family farm. in the early 1800s, the schuylkill navigation company built locks as part of the canal system that went through the property. a small village developed, supported by the commerce from the canal. later, residential properties were built to house canal workers and supporting businesses. however, after railroads supplanted the canal, the town's economy faltered. then, in 1969,the entire village was purchased by peco, as part of the "exclusion zone" for the the limerick nuclear plant, which was constructed nearby. the homes were boarded up, and for years the abandoned village sat as a ghost town, it's buildings falling into ruin.   in 2013, a $2.3 million restoration, funded largely by exelon, rehabilitated the exterior of nine buildings. while the village is not generally accessible to the public, tours are given periodically, taking visitors through the evolution of fricks locks from a small farming community to a flourishing village.   eventually, the schuylkill river trail will pass through the former village..

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