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.
National Register of Historic Places
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