John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Rhode Island Parks
National Heritage Corridor
The Blackstone Valley, MA,RI
The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures.
Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state.
National Historic Site
Touro Synagogue, a building of exquisite beauty and design, steeped in history and ideals, and one of the most historically significant Jewish buildings in America, was designated a National Historic Site in 1946. Dedicated in 1763, it still serves an active congregation and each year greets over 30,000 visitors who come to see the magnificent interior and hear its remarkable story.
National Historic Trail
By 1780, the Americans found their War for Independence at a stalemate. France had previously provided America with supplies and money, but now French ground forces were sent to help turn the tide of the War. General Rochambeau and the French Army allied with General Washington and the Continental Army, journeying hundreds of miles to a victory at Yorktown and, ultimately, the War.
By The Numbers
- 2 national parks
- 51,523 visitors to national parks (in 2014)
- $2,700,000 economic benefit from national park tourism (in 2013) »
- 771 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $1,140,779,552 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 8,651 hours donated by volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 1 National Natural Landmark »
- 45 National Historic Landmarks »
- $41,296,670 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 1,992 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $29,177,726 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 24 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 465 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 14,189 objects in national park museum collections »
- 40 archeological sites in national parks »
- 18 Certified Local Governments »
- 3 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.