"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 This continues to reverberate across the nation to this day. Come visit and see how this revolution transformed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley and the United States.

Old Slater Mill
Where to Go?

Click here to learn about where to go when you visit Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

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First Fridays at Old Slater Mill

Join us on the first Friday of the month (June - October) for specialty programs, concerts, and activities

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Ranger Programs

Learn about guided tours and programs.

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Become a Junior Ranger

Learn how to become a Junior Ranger

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For Teachers and Students

Learn more about the educational resources available for students and teachers

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Click here to read articles about our park's connections to America250

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Plan like a Ranger

Here are the top 10 tips for visiting Blackstone River Valley

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Kelly and Ashton Mills Virtual Tour

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

Last updated: May 17, 2023

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860



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