EAST COVENTRY PA – What officials described as an “innovative, multi-year preservation project to stabilize and rehabilitate” several structures that once were part of a historic Schuylkill Canal community known as Frick’s Lock Village, near Exelon Corp.’s Limerick Generating Station, was publicly unveiled Friday (May 10, 2013) with speeches and a ribbon-cutting.
A view of homes in Frick’s Lock Village before the rehab project began
The buildings are some of the oldest still standing in Chester County, historians say. Exelon invested $2.3 million in the community development project, after a long negotiation with East Coventry Township, and plans to lease the property to the township for public tours.
Frick’s Lock Village was founded more than 250 years ago. It served as a key stop along the canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Several of the historic structures in the village date from the 1850s. The project was selected to receive a 2013 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. In 2003, the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The realization of Frick’s Locks Village as a historical site and destination within East Coventry) is very exciting,” said Mariea Geho, vice chair of its Board of Supervisors. “The rehabilitation work performed by Exelon has given the village renewed life and brought our history into focus.”
“The rehabilitation of Frick’s Lock Village was a true community partnership,” Chris Mudrick, Exelon senior vice-president of Mid-Atlantic operations, acknowledged. “The township had a clear vision for transforming this historic site into a community attraction, and Exelon was happy to help make that vision a reality.”
Representatives from Exelon, the township and the county all gathered with elected officials and other guests to celebrate the completion of the Frick’s Lock Rehabilitation Project and tour several newly-renovated buildings. The first of scheduled public tours have yet to be announced.
The project’s steering committee included representatives from Exelon, the township and its Historical Commission, Chester County Parks and Recreation, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, and State Sen. Andy Dinniman’s office.
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