Q. What happened to the Blackstone Heritage Corridor?
Q. What programs do you offer at the Blackstone River Valley NHP?
Q. Are there black stones in the Blackstone River?
A. There certainly are, but the river is actually named after the Reverend William Blackstone.
Q. Who was the Reverend William Blackstone?
A. William Blackstone (1595-1675) was the first English settler of the Blackstone Valley. He built his home along the river that now bears his name in what is now Cumberland, RI in 1635. Along with being an Anglican minister and colonial pioneer, Blackstone was also an amateur botanist, cultivating the first new strain of apple in the New World, the Yellow Sweeting Apple.
Last updated: February 19, 2020