Senator, Frick Family Applaud Plan to Preserve Historic Village

WEST CHESTER (April 8) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently met with Paul and Larry Frick to discuss the future of Frick’s Lock, the historic East Coventry village founded by their ancestors.

“It was a privilege to sit down and chat with Paul Frick and his son, Larry. Paul has such a rich knowledge of the local history of region. His stories and research about Frick’s Lock and the surrounding area provide insights into Chester County’s past and the people who made it what it is today,” Dinniman said.

Paul Frick, of Tucson, Arizona and Larry Frick, of Los Angeles, Calif., were visiting the area this week when they met with Senator Dinniman to discuss the future of Frick’s Lock, home to some of the oldest buildings in Chester County.

East Coventry Township recently partnered with Exelon to preserve and protect the historic site. Under the agreement, Exelon will effectively donate to the township land and four historic structures at Frick’s Lock Village valued at an estimated $1 million. In addition, Exelon will spend close to $2.5 million to stabilize and rehabilitate these historic structures.

The specific terms of the agreement call for Exelon to lease the property to East Coventry and for the township to accept the leased parcel as a donation. As part of the agreement, Exelon will also make a contribution to the township in the amount of $30,000 to be used for maintenance of the leased parcel.

“Thanks to this public-private partnership, the history and natural beauty of Frick’s Lock will be enjoyed by residents and families for years to come,” Dinniman said.

Frick’s Lock Village was founded more than 250 years ago, and in the 19th century was a key stop along both the Schuylkill Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad. Several of the historic structures in the village date from the 1850’s and in 2003, the village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information contact Senator Dinniman’s District Office at (610) 692-2112, or e-mail