"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. Learn how this revolution transformed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley and the United States. Old Slater Mill is open Thursdays - Sundays.

Old Slater Mill
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Ranger Programs

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Specialty Visits and Field Trips

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Plan like a Ranger

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1824 Strike

Join us for our First Strike Festival 2024! And learn more about the 1824 Strike

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Kelly and Ashton Mills Virtual Tour

Learn more about Ashton Mill Village by watching this virtual tour.

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Tourist in My Own Town

Jam out to our music video with Rhode Island Music Hall of Famer Mark Cutler

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200 Years of Labor History

Learn how labor power has evolved since the first wage earner's strike in Pawtucket in 1824.

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History and Culture

Learn more about the industrial history and heritage of the Blackstone River Valley.

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Learn more about the ecosystem of the Blackstone River Valley

Last updated: May 17, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860



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