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.

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Features

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A New National Park in the Blackstone River Valley

On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed legislation to establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, the 402nd National Park

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Lesson Plans

The Corridor Commission has four lesson plans ready to use in your classroom right now.

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Episodes of Along the Blackstone

Twenty-four episodes of our award-winning public access cable program "Along the Blackstone" are now available for you to watch or download.

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BV 101

Blackstone Valley 101 is a free, interactive on-line learning program that gives an overview of the history and heritage of the valley.

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