"I gave out the psalm and they have been singing to the tune ever since.”    - Samuel Slater

The Blackstone River powered America's entry into the Age of Industry. The success of Samuel Slater's cotton spinning mill in Pawtucket, RI touched off a chain reaction that changed how people worked and where they lived, and continues to reverberate across the nation to this day. Come visit and see how this revolution transformed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley and then the United States.

Old Slater Mill

Where to Go?

Click here to learn about where to go when you visit Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

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Plan like a Ranger

Here are the top 10 tips for visiting Blackstone River Valley

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I Dig Slater Mill

Experience Rhode Island Archaeology Month at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

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2nd Annual Archive Remix Festival

The Rhode Island Historical Society will premiere its 2nd Annual Archive Remix Film Festival at Old Slater Mill

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Kelly and Ashton Mills Virtual Tour

Learn more about Ashton Mill Village by watching this virtual tour.

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Ranger Programs

Learn about guided tours and programs.

Last updated: September 24, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket , RI 02860



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