The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park: a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures.
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park (also in MA)
The Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park was authorized by Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2015 (Public Law 113-291), which President Obama signed into law on December 19, 2014. The new park will protect and interpret resources associated with the development of textile mills and other industries in the valley. It will be located within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor.