Plan Your Visit
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?
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.