BLACKSTONE RIVER SAFETY ALERT
DUE TO HIGH AND FAST WATER CONDITIONS ON THE BLACKSTONE RIVER AND ITS TRIBUTARIES, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND NOT GOING OUT IN CANOES OR KAYAKS OR OTHER SMALL VESSELS ON THE RIVER UNTIL WATER LEVELS AND FLOW HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL. PLEASE BE SAFE!
Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution
The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures.Read More
2013 Walkabout Series
Starting May 30, the Heritage Corridor is offering free Walkabout tours on Thursday nights at sites around the Valley. Click below for information.Read More
The Corridor has a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher position open. A local teacher will be able to work as a ranger for the summer. Application due May 30.Read More
A New National Park in the Blackstone River Valley
In 2011 the NPS released a study to inform Congress and the public about the feasibility of creating a new National Park Unit in the Blackstone ValleyRead More
The Corridor Commission has three lesson plans ready to use in your classroom right now.Read More
Blackstone Valley 101 is a free, interactive on-line learning program that gives an overview of the history and heritage of the valley.Read More
Episodes of Along the Blackstone
Seventeen episodes of our award-winning public access cable program "Along the Blackstone" are now available for you to download.Read More
Why A Park?
Watch a brief video detailing why the NPS decided that resources in the Blackstone River Valley are suitable for inclusion in the National Park SystemRead More
Did You Know?
Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.