"I gave out the psalm and they have been singing to the tune ever since.”    - Samuel Slater

The Blackstone River powered America's entry into the Age of Industry. The success of Samuel Slater's cotton spinning mill in Pawtucket, RI touched off a chain reaction that changed how people worked and where they lived, and continues to reverberate across the nation to this day. Come visit and see how this revolution transformed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley and then the United States.

Mill Raceway in Slatersville, RI

Public input to Park Management Plan

Help us create our General Management Plan. Find out how to join virtual meetings and make comments about the future of your park.

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Work/Life Winter Series

Join us for this virtual lecture series which will investigate the desire for a balanced life of work and rest historically and today.

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Parked at Home Spring Series

Will you be parked at home this winter? Join us for 6 engaging discussions with other NPS sites with some unexpected connections.

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Beginnings of Industry in America

What makes the Blackstone River Valley so special? See how modern industrial America began here.

Self Guided Walking Tours

Self Guided Walking Tours

Explore the mill villages of the Blackstone River NHP any time, at your own pace. Take along our self guided tours on your digital device.

Last updated: January 14, 2022

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67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket , RI 02860



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