In the late 1720s, Franconia Township encompassed parts of what are now Souderton and Telford. Together the three municipalities fell under the jurisdiction of Salford Township. In 1731, Franconia split from its neighboring communities to form its own municipality.

Franconia means “land of the Franks.” Beginning in the 1600s, a large German population began to grow in Franconia, and descendents of some of the township’s original settlers still live here. Early Franconia residents found that Indian Creek and its valley had its own population of already established Native Americans, whose artifacts can still be found within the area.

With the onset of the automobile in the early 1900s, village shops gave way to borough stores which became more accessible with the improvement of roads. As reliance on cars increased, residents used the railroads less. A testament to those changes, Bergey’s Automobiles was established in 1924, and continues to succeed today.

Suburbanization spread following World War II, along with commercial and industrial growth in Franconia. Early 20th century farmers created agribusinesses, many of which are still successful today, such as Moyer Packing, Pilgrim’s Pride, Marcho Farms, and Leidy’s.

Today, Franconia remains a popular place to settle, and community leaders work hard to balance the opportunity for growth with the desire for preservation.

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Franconia Township residents enjoy more than 100 acres of dedicated open space, whether by active recreational use, enjoyment of passive parkland, or walking along miles of trails. To see what’s coming soon, view our planned park projects.

FRANCONIA COMMUNITY PARK

Nearly 50 acres located next to the township administration building with entrances on both Allentown and Godshall roads offers:

  • 2 covered pavilions (may be reserved for picnics and parties)
  • 2 baseball field
  • 2 soccer fields
  • 1 roller hockey rink
  • 2 sand volleyball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • Playground equipment
  • 2 miles of walking trails with exercise stations
  • Winter ice skating
  • 2 tennis courts
  • 1 football field
  • Concession stand
  • Public restroom
  • Open from sunrise to dusk

FORREST MEADOW PARK

Forrest Meadow Park Located on Forrest Road, this 28-acre park has several new features, with more development planned. Progress on this park is available under Township News. The park offers:

  • 1 multiuse field
  • ½ mile walking trail
  • Playground
  • A tot-lot geared to children ages 2-5
  • A play set geared to children ages 5-12

ENOS. B. GODSHALL PARK

Located at the corner of Godshall and Lower Roads, this park remains in a natural wooded state. The park has a walking trail situated on 11 acres with a small pond and stream. It’s also available for public use from sunrise to sunset.

BRANCHWOOD PARKWith approximately 25 acres located on Camp Road along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. It offers:

  • Frisbee golf course
  • Playground
  • A covered pavilion
  • Picnic tables and benches along the creek
  • 1 softball field
  • Lighted tennis and basketball courts, available until 10 p.m.
  • Opens at sunrise.

BANBURY/MOPAC TRAIL

Developed through an open space agreement with the Banbury Crossing residential development and Moyer Packing Company, this trail offers 2 miles for walking and jogging located directly across from Godshall Park and continues through the Banbury Crossing open space.

CHESTNUT GROVE PARK

Located on Cowpath Road, this park will be used as a passive park for walking and picnics. The Souderton Boy Scouts of America Troop 461 has been instrumental in assisting the township with its development. Working toward credits for their Eagle Scout awards, the scouts have built:

  • A walking trail
  • A butterfly garden
  • Birdhouses

LAUREL LANE PARK

Situated off Maple Avenue, adjacent to Spruce and Laurel Lanes, this park is comprised of 7 acres and offers a gazebo and playground equipment. It connects with Lower Salford’s park and trail system.

EAST BRANCH PARK

East Branch Park is a small park located on Allentown Road along the East Branch Creek. This park is 1.6 acres and is basically a sitting park with a small picnic area. The scenery surrounding the park is extremely beautiful and is perfect for a small picnic with friends.

The Souderton Area School District (SASD) includes an area of 49 square miles in Upper Montgomery County. It is the largest school district, in square miles, in the county. The district is situated midway between the cities of Allentown and Philadelphia. Due to its locale the district has the best of both worlds: proximity to the city, while in a semi-rural setting. Six municipalities are within the boundaries of the SASD: the two boroughs of Souderton and Telford and the four townships of Franconia, Lower Salford, Upper Salford and Salford. The population of the school district exceeded 43,109 according to the 2010 census.

SASD Mission Statement
“The Mission of the Souderton Area School District is to prepare students to demonstrate competencies needed to contribute and to succeed in a changing world by building on a commitment to excellence and innovation, by working in partnership with family and community, and by assuring a quality education for all students in a safe and nurturing environment.”
The school population is currently 6,505. The 2015-2016 grade structure is: elementary – grades K-5; Indian Crest Middle School and Indian Valley Middle School – grades 6-7-8; and Souderton Area High School – grades 9-10-11-12.