The Corridor Commission
Message from Commission Chair, Donna Williams
This historic Valley also is a place where families live, people work, and communities seek to prosper. Over the past twenty-four years, the Blackstone Commission has endeavored to expand on the valley’s interconnectedness by supporting programs that foster that sense of continuity and wholeness throughout the valley. This regional identity has strengthened our shared resolve to preserve our heritage so that present and future generations will understand the Valley’s significance in the development of our nation.
The Commissioners invite our Blackstone neighbors and visitors from out-of-town to explore the Blackstone Valley and discover extraordinary historic sites, preserved landscapes, the recreational greenway along the River, and people who live their heritage every day.
Did You Know?
After opening America's first successful textile mill, Samuel Slater also helped establish America's first mill village. Slatersville, in North Smithfield, RI, began operations in 1807. His brother John Slater, who lived in the white house seen here, ran the village for almost 40 years.