Valley Sites - East Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls
Only a portion of East Providence is within the Heritage Corridor. The two villages of Rumford and Phillipsdale made two very different products, Baking Powder and steel. The shoreline of the Blackstone River along East Providence, here named the Seekonk River, was home to an active shell fishing fleet.
John Hunt House
266 Hunt’s Mill Road
Roger Williams Avenue
Newman Church and Common
Newman Avenue and Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket is the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, site of Samuel Slater’s cotton spinning mill in 1790. But for one hundred years before, craftsmen had made tools and machines at forges powered by the Blackstone River, and even today, Pawtucket is still best known as a working city.
Pawtucket Visitors Center
175 Main Street
Slater Mill Historic Site
67 Roosevelt Avenue
Slater Memorial Park
Rhode Island Watercolor Society Art Gallery
Central Falls began as a small manufacturing site in the corner of the Town of Smithfield. Eventually it grew to become the most densely populated city in America in the early 20th Century, with 24,000 people packed into its one square mile. Today the City of Central Falls is still the vibrant home to workers from all over the world.
Blackstone Valley Explorer
Jenks Park/ Cogswell Tower
Lysander & Susan Flagg Museum
209 Central Street
Did You Know?
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.