"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

New Passport Book!

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

Blackstone Trip Itineraries

Blackstone Trip Itineraries

Full day, half day and one hour suggested itineraries for visiting the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Blackstone River Valley NHP Newsletter

Park Newsletter

Check out our latest newsletter to see what is going on

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Valley Videos

Check out our videos on the four mill villages within the new park.

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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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New National Park

On December 19, 2014 President Obama signed legislation to establish Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

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Things To Do At The Park

The park is still in the planning stages, but there are things for visitors to do right now both within the park and valley

Last updated: February 15, 2018

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670 Linwood Ave
Whitinsville, MA 01588


508-234-4242 x108

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