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.
Parks & Facilities
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.
- 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
- 1 multiuse field
- ½ mile walking trail
- A tot-lot geared to children ages 2-5
- A play set geared to children ages 5-12
BRANCHWOOD PARKWith approximately 25 acres located on Camp Road along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. It offers:
- Frisbee golf course
- 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.
- A walking trail
- A butterfly garden
|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.