Before I went to Penn Hurst in 2009, I did some investigations research on the Trappe/ Royersford area. I found that near Penn Hurst was an abandoned town called Fricks Lock. It was a booming town around the late 1800s. it was booming because its canal which was linked to the Schuylkill River. This canal helped the coal mine industry. Over the year people of the town slowly moved away from the town in hopes of return but they never did. PECO began buying all the land up in the 1960s to build their nuclear reactor which forced the last of the residences to move away. Federal regulations prohibited any houses from being built within a half mile of a nuclear reactor, which made it a desolate town. Only ten houses of the original Fricks Lock remain intact. The National Historic Society has been promoting tours in these houses. Unfortunately for curious minds, trespassing is frowned upon and could be considered federal property since the town now is adjacent to the power plant.