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 2nd & 4th Saturday from June through October.

Fricks Locks National Register Historic District is open for tours every second and fourth Saturday from June to October. Tour dates for 2018 are:

  • June 9 and 23
  • July 14 and 28
  • August 11 and 25
  • September 8 and 22
  • October 13 and 27

  • Tours will be conducted at 10:00 am, 11:15 am, and 12:30 pm. All tours are free!

    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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