• The Slater Mill (yellow) and Wilkinson Mill (stone), along the Blacktone River in Pawtucket RI

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Environmental Factors

Trail to Lookout Rock

Along the trail to Lookout Rock

In the Blackstone River Valley, natural resources and the systems that link them – geology, hydrology and habitats – are important to the historic and cultural landscapes that we value and wish to preserve. Preserving key natural landscapes enhances historic settings and protects the natural systems that are shared throughout the Valley and are vital to the region’s health.

The Blackstone River Valley contains unique natural and cultural resources that offer special opportunities for preservation. It is a rich patchwork of natural resources, including forests, meadows, vernal pools, wetlands, rivers and tributaries. In addition, the Valley holds a distinctive combination of historic landscapes that include urban centers, towns, villages, mills and farms.

Few places exist where such a concentration of historic, cultural and natural resources have survived, are so fully integrated and are accessible to the public.

Please click here to see the Blackstone River Valley's Natural Resource Inventory.

Did You Know?

Child mill workers

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.