Summer 2018 Events


The park is offering ranger programs all over the Blackstone River Valley this summer. Check out the listings below so you know where and when to find us.

Ranger leading walkabout

Ranger Walkabouts

Our premire program series is back for its twenty-second season. Join us at sites around the Blackstone River Valley Thursday evenings at 6:30 for these free programs where we explore these fascinating sites and topics.

July 5: Whitinsville: Growth of a Mill Village. Whitin Mill Parking Lot, 101 Douglas Road, Northbridge
Like many villages in the Blackstone Valley, Whitinsville was built around a small cotton spinning mill. Join us to see how these humble beginnings led to the growth of a textile machine making empire that had customers around the globe.

July 12: Little Red Shop, Hopedale. 12 Hopedale St, Hopedale
Join a park ranger and our partners from the Hopedale Historic Commission to visit the Little Red Shop Museum, where the Draper Loom Corporation got its start before growing into America’s largest manufacturer of looms.

July 19: Nature Walk. Blackstone River State Park Visitors Center, 1 I-295, Lincoln
Join us for a family-friendly nature walk! The walk departs from the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center on 295 and explores the trail leading down to the Captain Wilbur Kelly House in the Blackstone River State Park. Learn more about the plants and animals that live in the park as well as the glaciers that created the river valley.

July 26: Immigration in Valley Falls. Cumberland Town Hall, 45 Broad St, Cumberland
Learn about the history of Valley Falls and the important role it has played – and continues to play – in immigration in the Blackstone River Valley. Stops will include Cumberland Town Hall and Club Juventude Lusitana.

August 2: Chase Farm and Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse. Chase Farm Park, 667 Great Rd, Lincoln
Chase Farm is in the middle of Lincoln’s Great Road Historic District. It was the town’s last dairy farm, and is now preserved as 80 acres of open space and a place to explore the history of the area. In addition to the farm itself, the park includes the Pullen’s Corner school and Hannaway’s Blacksmith Shop.

August 9: Grafton Praying Village. Hassanamesit Woods, 13 Salisbury Street, Grafton
Learn about the third “praying town” established by the Reverend John Eliot, a mission where the Nipmuc people could adopt Christian religion and elements of English culture in the 17th century. The site is conserved today in Hassanamesit Woods in Grafton

August 16: New Exhibits. Kelly House, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln
We are installing a series of new wayside exhibits around the Blackstone River State Park. Join us as rangers introduce the new signs and talk about the two year process of how these new exhibits were created.

August 23: Slatersville: To preserve and protect. North Smithfield Library, 20 Main Street, Slatersville
Slaterville, is America’s first planned mill village. Join a National Park Service ranger to find out how the village was built and preserved over the past two centuries to evolve into the wonderful site we see today.

August 30: Reclaiming an Industrial Landscape. Kelly House, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln
Reclaiming an Industrial Landscape: Kelly House When you go out and explore a natural landscape like a park, you assume that it has always looked this way. Nature is nature, right? Well that is not always the case, so join us to see how nature can reclaim places that were once very busy – and see who some of the current residents of “Old Ashton Village” are today.

kids playing game at Kelly house


Every Saturday from July 7 until September 1, we will hosting fun activities and science exploration at the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum in the Blackstone River State Park, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln RI. The programs are free and will run 60-90 minutes. The programs will run at both 10:30 and 1:30 each day, closing out with an open house from 10-2 on September 1. We will run rain or shine, since we now have a wonderful new barn to use for our programs.

July 7: Frisbee golf – come try your luck on our course! Frisbees provided.
July 14: water testing – there is both a simplified test for younger children as well as a more comprehensive test kit for teens.
July 21: scavenger hunts – come explore the park around Kelly House as you try to complete our nature, river and/or mill scavenger hunts.
July 28: soil testing – test the soil around Kelly House for the nutrients needed to make things grow.
August 4: kites and paper airplanes – bring your kite or borrow one of ours! There will also be paper and blueprints for creating paper airplanes.
August 11: water testing and soil testing – in case you missed it the first time around, come out and try our water and soil testing kits.
August 18: magnets – come explore the world of magnetism! Makes things stay, make things go and find out whether or not nickels have any nickel in them…
August 25: science blowout! – come close out the summer season with an extravaganza of all the fan-favorite science events of the summer.
Sept. 1: Join us for the kickoff for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s September GO! Program with a variety of science- and outdoor-themed activities from 10 - 2.



Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is delighted to bring back our Night Sky Programs for a second year. In collaboration with the Civil Air Patrol, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and our wonderful volunteers we will offer nighttime astronomy programs at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA. All events are free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather or poor viewing conditions, an indoor program will be offered.

Friday June 15 at 8:30
Friday July 27 at 8:30
Friday August 17 at 8:00
Friday September 21 at 6:30
Friday October 5 at 7:00.

Last updated: June 14, 2018

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