Once a vibrant village, Frick’s Lock in East Coventry Township became a ghost town after it was vacated for the construction of the nuclear power plant in Limerick, writes Katie Park for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The village, which dates back to 1740, is now co-owned by the township and Exelon Generation. Today, the doors and windows on houses are boarded up and weeds thrive.
But five sisters from the Elliott family who used to live in the village want to remind visitors of what the town was like. Together, with two of the family’s grandchildren, they visit the village twice a month between June and October to work with the East Coventry Historical Commission as tour guides.
They have been doing this for free for the last six years since the village was rehabilitated. And while they present a scripted tour, the sisters sometimes add to it with memories of their own.
“People in East Coventry don’t even know it’s there,” said Nancy Fisher. “It was our Garden of Eden. It really, truly was.”
Read more about Frick’s Lock in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.