Oaks is located in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County about 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia.In 1825, the Schuylkill Navigation Company completed the Schuylkill Canal and Brower's Locks at Oaks, and the system was heavily traveled. The village of Oaks was named after the canal's designer,Thomas Oakes.  The Philadelphia and Reading, sometimes referred to as the Reading Railroad, merged the short line as its Perkiomen Branch. Oaks village cropped up around the station.


Today, the village of Oaks is set in dense suburbs. Many of its original structures remain, including the general store, the locktender's house, and many historic homes. Although the tracks are no longer in service in the center of Oaks, a station built in 1918 to replace the original is still located today at the intersection of Egypt Road and Station Avenue.

In 1985, construction of the eastern portion of US Route 422 was completed, connecting King of Prussia to Oaks and out to Reading and beyond, and spurring growth in the area.

The Oaks remained less developed than its suburban neighbors until  the Oaks Wastewater Treatment plant's construction began and was completed and the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center was opened. That started the migration of people to the area. Another proposal called the Greenline would make Oaks the terminus of a new rail line, with a new station located adjacent to the Expo Center.


Public attractions in Oaks include, Lower Perkiomen Valley Park, as well as the Schuylkill River Trail and the Perkiomen Trail.

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