"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.

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Virtual Winter Lecture Series 2021

Join us for our 2021 Virtual Winter Lecture Series - "Revolution in the Air." Click here for more information and how to register.

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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.

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Blackstone Passport Book

We invite you to take your park Passport Book and explore the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Roger Williams National Memorial

Visit Roger Williams National Memorial

Situated in Providence along the Blackstone Canal, come visit our sister park. The park grounds are open from dawn until dusk.

Last updated: December 11, 2020

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282 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903



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