• 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 - Worcester

Worcester City Hall

Worcester City Hall

Worcester is New England’s third largest city, and the northern gateway to the Blackstone River Valley. Worcester was a small county seat until the opening of the Blackstone Canal in 1828 provided it with the transportation link necessary to blossom into one of the major industrial cities of America. Today Worcester is the heart of Central Massachusetts.
 

Massachusetts Audubon Society
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, including 272 acres for hiking and education programs. Along with a trail network, the sanctuary also offers a number of educational programs encouraging preservation and conservation of the natural world. Hours of operation - Conservation Center: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 - 4 Sunday, 12:30 - 4 Trails: Open every day, dawn to dusk. Fee charged.

414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
(508) 753-6087
www.massaudubon.org

Union Station
This magnificent structure built between 1909 and 1911 was originally known as the “million dollar station.” After years of neglect, Union Station has recently been renovated, reopened and returned to its rightful place as a highlight of the Worcester skyline.

Washington Square
Worcester, MA

Worcester Historical Museum
The Worcester Historical Museum collects preserves and interprets the history of the city. It features both permanent and changing galleries and a research library. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 - 4, Thursday 10 - 8:30. Admission charged

30 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753-8278
www.WorcesterHistory.org

 
Salisbury Mansion

Salisbury Mansion

Salisbury Mansion
One of Worcester's few surviving 18th-century buildings, Salisbury Mansion is considered one of the best-documented historic houses in New England. Restored to its 1830s appearance, Salisbury Mansion offers changing exhibitions, daily tours, and special events, Thursday 1-8:30, Friday -Saturday 1-4. Admission charged.

40 Highland Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 753- 8278
www.WorcesterHistory.org

Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. It collection includes 35,000 items including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography and drawings, ranging from Egyptian antiquities to contemporary works. Wed – Sun 11-5, Thurs. 11-8, Sat 10-5. Admission charged.

55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 799-4406
www.worcesterart.org

Mechanics Hall
Mechanics Hall, built in 1857 by the Worcester County Mechanics Association, is one of the nation’s finest concert halls. Over the years speakers such as Charles Dickens and Teddy Roosevelt have spoken here and artist such as Caruso and Ella Fitzgerald have performed on the stage. Mechanics hall is remarkable both as an architectural achievement and as a performance center. Call for events.

321 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
(508) 752-5608
www.mechanicshall.com

Quinsigamond Village
Quinsigamond village is where the Middle River and Mill Brook flow together to create the Blackstone River. Quinsigamond was also home to the Southworks of Washburn and Moen wireworks, which opened in the 1840s to produce wire for telegraph lines, barbed wire and many other purposes. Throughout the village, you can still see the influence of the Swedish ironworkers that settled here beginning in the 1870s.

Millbury Street
Worcester, MA

Higgins Armory Museum
The Higgins Armory offers a step back in time to medieval and renaissance Europe, feudal Japan and Mediterranean cradles of civilization. Here you can experience heroic legacies of another world and time. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 - 4. Sunday, 12 - 4.

100 Barber Avenue
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 853-2444
www.higgins.org

EcoTarium
The EcoTarium, a center for environmental exploration, works to introduce people to new ways of seeing and understanding local, global and regional environments. Enjoy exhibits, a planetarium, the Explorer Express train, and 60 acres of trails and wildlife displays. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00-p.m. Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.

222 Harrington Way
Worcester MA, 01604
(508) 929-2700
www.ecotarium.org

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