"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.

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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Plan like a Ranger

Here are the top 10 tips for visiting Blackstone River Valley NHP

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Ranger Programs

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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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Birthplace of American Industry

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

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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.

Last updated: May 22, 2022

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67 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket , RI 02860



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