On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed the legislation that established the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, the 402nd park in the national park system. The same legislation also extends the authorization of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor for six years, through the end of Fiscal Year 2021, and adds the Town of Auburn, Massachusetts, and additional portions of Providence, Rhode Island to the Heritage Corridor.
This legislation is just the beginning of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. There is much work to do before the vision of the legislation comes to life. Now National Park Service professionals in park planning, land acquisition, interpretation, and administration –with input from communities and partners –will begin to take the steps necessary to get a new park in operation.
Last updated: May 7, 2018