Fricks Locks Tours
Restored Boxwood Lodge

Locktender's house, c. 1864

Operating Hours/Cost
Free. Tours Conducted at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the days listed above

Fricks Locks National Register Historic District is open for tours every other Saturday from May through October.

2017 Tour Schedule

Tours Conducted at 10:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on the following dates

May 13, 2017 and May 27, 2017

June 10, 2017 and June 24, 2017

July 8, 2017 and July 22, 2017

August 12, 2017 and August 26, 2017

September 9, 2017 and September 23, 2017

October 14, 2017 and October 28, 2017

Tour cancellations will be posted after 12:00 pm on the Friday prior to the scheduled tour.

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.

Contact Information
phone: (610) 495-5443

website: Visit Official Web Site

National Register of Historic Places

Restaurant & Lodging
Chester County Visitors Bureau

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Regional Location

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