"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.

Ranger Andy holding the new Passport Book and Stamp

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 Outdoor Visitor Center is open Thu-Sun, 10:30 - 2:30.

Check out our digital junior ranger program

Become a GearHead!

Check out the digital Junior Ranger program offered by our partner Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. and become a GearHead today!

Learn about Abby Kelley Foster

Learn about Abby Kelley Foster

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we offer the story of Abby Kelley Foster, a leader in the Suffrage Movement

Temporary Visitor Center at the Slater Mill

Temporary Visitor Center

Explore and learn at the Slater Mill and the barn at Blackstone River State Park. Visit with Rangers and see exhibits, Thu - Sun.

Image of machines in an old mill buidling

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: September 3, 2020

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282 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903



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