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

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Plan Your Visit

Blackstone Canal in the Fall
 

Welcome to our National Park!

The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a region to be explored. The Corridor is not a National Park in the traditional sense. It’s a kind of virtual park – a park where people live, work and play – a living landscape where its long and nationally pivotal history is still visible through thousands of structures in distinctive landscapes and accessible through the living memory of its residents.

To understand the Blackstone Valley you must “read the landscape”. The history of the Valley is revealed through its buildings and landscapes that together tell the story of America’s transition from an agrarian society to one of industry. Throughout the region, one can see and experience how this area developed along the river valley and hilltops.

You can begin your exploration of the Corridor by stopping at one of our Visitor Information Centers to get oriented in the Valley, or by visiting some of the Valley's cultural sites, historical sites or recreational areas. You can also attend one of our Interpretive Ranger programs, download a self-guided tour brochure, or see what activites our partners are offering.

Did You Know?

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While best known for the textile industry, the factories of the Blackstone River Valley made hundreds of different products, ranging from barbed wire and monkey wrenches to space suits and Mr. Potato Head.