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
Ticket to Ride
A grant from the NPS Northeast Region's Ticket to Ride Program Brought Worcester 5th Graders Closer to the Blackstone Canal.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
The Corridor Commission has four lesson plans ready to use in your classroom right now.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
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?
Samuel Slater, known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution," was born in Belper, England in 1768. He arrived in America in 1789 and helped to establish the Slater Mill in 1790. More...