"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.

Take Me Fishing Day:  10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, September 26

Take Me Fishing Day: September 26, 2021

Great FREE family fun at the Kelly House and Barn on September 26. Equipment and instruction will be provided from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Beginnings of Industry in America

What makes the Blackstone River Valley so special? See how modern industrial America began here.

Self Guided Walking Tours

Self Guided Walking Tours

Explore the mill villages of the Blackstone River NHP any time, at your own pace. Take along our self guided tours on your digital device.

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Blackstone Passport Book

We invite you to take your park Passport Book and explore the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

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Ranger Guided Programs

Park Rangers offer guided tours, talks, and programs weekly

Last updated: September 18, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860

Phone:

401-521-7266

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