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?
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.