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

    Blackstone River Valley

    National Heritage Corridor MA,RI

Valley Sites - Glocester, Burrillville

Brown & Hopkins and Job Armstrong Stores

Brown & Hopkins and Job Armstrong Stores, Chepachet

GLOCESTER

Glocester is a rural community, yet lies only 10 miles from downtown Providence. In 1731, the Town of Glocester was set apart and organized from Providence. For over two hundred years life in Glocester has revolved around the village of Chepachet, the town offers many other delights including the wilds of the George Washington Management area and the village of Harmony.

Chepachet
A gem of a village, Chepachet began as a turnpike village in the late 1700s. Here was a place where stagecoach passengers could stop and rest and farmers could trade their produce for fancy goods at one of the 13 stores in town, such as the Brown and Hopkins regarded to be the longest continually running general store in America. Much of this spirit remains, along with many hidden treasures.

Putnam Pike (Rt. 44)
Glocester, RI

Job Armstrong Store
Largest of the 13 original dry goods stores in Chepachet is now home to the Glocester Heritage Society. Exhibits and artisan demonstrations are on display. Open Saturdays 12-3.

1181 Main Street
Chepachet, RI 02814
(401) 568-4077
www.glocesterheritagesociety.org

George Washington Management Area
A 3,000-acre state-managed area for swimming, camping and hiking connected to the 100-acre Casimir Pulaski Memorial Park on the Burrillville-Glocester border. On Rt. 44, 2 miles east of the Connecticut state line. 45 trailers facilities: Primitive tent & trailer campsites in a wooded area overlooking Bowdish Reservoir. RATES: Residents: $8; Non-residents: $12 Permits issued by the park ranger on a first come, first served basis. Shelters: $20 per night. CAMPING SEASON: April 11 - October 15.

2185 Putnam Pike
Chepachet RI 02814
(401) 568-2013
www.riparks.com/georgewashcamp.

 
Sweeney school

Bridgeton School, home of Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society

BURRILLVILLE

In many respects, Burrillville serves as a scale model of the Blackstone River Valley as a whole. A chain of over a dozen small mill villages run along the Clear and Branch Rivers, while the surrounding regions contain acres of beautiful farm fields and forests.

Harrisville
This lovely mill village was rebuilt in 1930s by owner A.T. Levy into his image of an ideal New England town. See the results today in what is now the town center of Burrillville.

Main Street and East Avenue
Burrillville, RI

White Mill Park
This small park is built on the site of the White Mill. The original mill was built in 1834 and later burned. A worsted mill was erected on the site in 1895 by Arnold & Perkins using the available waterpower. The Mill continued under various owners until closed in the 1960's.

Rte. 100, E. Wallum Lake Road
Pascoag RI 02859
(401) 568-4300

Buck Hill Management Area
Buck Hill is a 1300-acre site for hunting and hiking, including the 4.7-mile Buck Hill trail. Note – all users of R.I. State Management areas must wear at least 200 square inches of florescent orange between the second weekend of October through the last day of February.

Buck Hill Road
Burrillville, RI
(401) 789-3094

Black Hut Management Area
Black Hut is a 1200-acre site for hunting and hiking. Note – all users of R.I. State Management areas must wear at least 200 square inches of florescent orange between the second weekend of October through the last day of February.

Black Hut Road
Burrillville RI 02830
(401) 789-3094

Did You Know?

Hand colored drawing of barge on Blackstone Canal in Millbury

The top speed on the Blackstone Canal was 3 mph? The canal barges, pulled by a team of two horses, usually took two days to make the 44 mile journey from Providence, RI to Worcester, MA.