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

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Your Dollars At Work

Riverfront Lofts, Pawtucket, RI

The Heritage Corridor Commission supports projects throughout the Blackstone River Valley by providing funding through our Heritage Partnership Program. In 2009, the Corridor Commission held a Call For Proposals, and in February, 2010 the Commission voted to award a total of $173,970 to twenty-one different projects. The Corridor Commission's support will be matched by $1,022,022 from other sources.

To see the funding request from the Corridor Commission for FY 2011, please click here.

The following projects were approved by the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission on February 25, 2010:

 
Water Chestnut removal

Water Chestnut removal

"Discovering Gems of Blackstone Valley," $3,000. Mass Audubon/Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife Sanctuary,: Provide an opportunity for families to canoe and watch wildlife, while learning about the waterways on Friday afternoons during the summer. Also share with senior citizens the gems of the Blackstone Valley through two five-week courses.

"Awareness of Invasive Plants," $3,000. Blackstone River Watershed Association: Educational initiative to elevate awareness of invasive plants within the Watershed and the harm that they cause. Educate Alien Crusade stewards who will minimize the spread of invasive plants.

"Cleanup of Blackstone River & Tributaries," $3000. Blackstone River Watershed: Association Improve the health of the Blackstone River system by sponsoring three annual cleanup activities.

"Hunt’s Mills walking trails installation," $3,000. East Providence Planning Department: Installation of walking trails and viewing areas at Hunt’s Mills as a vocational activity for Groundwork Providence.

"Move North Gate library to secure spot," $3,000. Blackstone Valley Historical Society: Move current library in North Gate, a wooden structure, to a more sturdy, secure location.

 
Canal barge

"Mt Ararat Landscape Signage,: $2,210. Town of Millbury: Interpretive sign to be installed on the Mt. Ararat landscape indicating its availability to the public, its cultural significance, and the donors who contributed to make the project a success.

"Exhibit & school curriculum of S Grafton’s 3 historic mill villages," $3,000. Grafton Historical Society: Create and exhibit and school curriculum featuring the three historic mill villages of South Grafton: Farnumsville, Fisherville and Saundersville.

"Worcester Canal District brochures, sign boards & audio tour," $3,000. Preservation Worcester, Canal District Alliance, Inc., Canal District Business Alliance: Education program for students and adults that focuses on the history and architecture of the Canal District in Worcester.

"Waters Farm narrative story boards," $2,650. Waters Farm Preservation Inc.: Augment the limited interaction of volunteer interpreters with professional story boards located in key areas throughout the farm property.

 

"Repair Southern New England Trunkline Trail," $3,000. Bay State Trail Riders Association: Bring the Southern New England Trunkline Trail up to standards. The washout, sinkhole, blocked drainage ditches and numerous moguls render it unusable.

"Worcester Canal District Youth Tours," $3,000. The Canal District Alliance: Provide free public tours through Worcester’s Canal District utilizing high school students, to encourage a growing curiosity about and interest in the district.

"East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House building assessment, master plan," $3,000. East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Association, Inc.: Engage the services of an architectural firm to produce a historic building assessment and phased master plan of this historic meeting house.

"Completion of Whitin Mill Heritage Museum," $20,000. ValleyCAST!: Final outfit of the museum space located in the 1826 Paul Whitin Mill at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill Complex.

"Going Green with Storm Water in the Watershed," $17,500. Blackstone River Coalition: Conduct an intensive storm water outreach program, working closely with Departments of Public Works and Town Engineers in our watershed communities because they are usually the responsible party to reduce impacts to local waterways, and also with homeowners and business owners in 5 targeted communities.

 
Museum of Work and Culture exhibit

Mill floor exhibit, the Museum of Work and Culture

"Art, Landscapes & Ecology on the Blackstone," $20,000. RiverzEdge Arts Project: Woonsocket youth will enhance the relationship of the city and the Blackstone River through art, design and ecologically restorative processes through green design innovation projects.

"Going to Work: Educational Programs for Students & Families," $12,540. Rhode Island Historical Society: Create and run a series of educational programs for children and families that relate to our new mini-core exhibit “Going to Work: 20th Century Settlers in the Blackstone River Valley”.

"Asa Waters Mansion Exterior Refurbishment,"$13,750. Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion: Preservation/rehabilitation of the southern and eastern exterior of the Asa Waters Mansion (original 1826 clapboards, windows, shutters, and main chimney repair).

"Great Road Historic District Visitor Enhancement Project," $20,000. Friends of Hearthside, Inc.: Development of signs, expanded parking, and a new walkway to enhance the accessibility, linkages and interpretation of the historic sites in the Great Road Historic District.

 
Daniel's Farm

Daniels Farm

"Daniels Farmstead Cider Mill Restoration," $20,000. The Daniels Farmstead Foundation, Inc.: Replace the roof and repair the chimney, windows, siding and trim of the Cider Mill.

"Blackstone Valley Leadership Academy," $10,000. Blackstone Valley Education Foundation: Enable a unique curriculum, a business plan and collateral for a program that develops enterprise and civic leaders who connect stewardship with their business success and community well-being.

"Blackstone Valley Heritage Markets Program," $5,000. Blackstone River Valley CorridorKeepers, Inc.: Foster understanding and appreciation of the heritage and history, and initiate and assist markets that support local farms and help residents to buy local, fresh produce. Retain open space of the Blackstone Valley.5,000

Did You Know?

Central Diner in Millbury, MA

The classic American Diner is another Blackstone Valley innovation. In 1872, Walter Scott began selling food from a horse drawn covered wagon in Providence, RI. In 1887, the first diner manufacturer opened in Worcester, MA.