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.
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 1.10th 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.
The East Coventry Township Historical Commission (ECHC) - Fricks Locks Volunteer Committee and Exelon will be hosting the Fricks Locks Village Tours for 2018.