Old Slater Mill

Cloudy day over looking the Wilkinson and Slater Mill buildings
Wilkinson Mill and Slater Mill

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Quick Facts

Accessible Rooms, Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit Available, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Maps Available, Information - Ranger/Staff Member Present, Information Kiosk/Bulletin Board, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Public Transit, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Restroom - Family, Scenic View/Photo Spot

Visit Old Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Originally constructed in 1793, this mill stands as an important reminder of the changes brought on by industrialization. It was here that Samuel Slater first successfully implemented Richard Arkwright's water-powered cotton spinning technology in America. Slater Mill is the beginning of everything from machine made goods and hourly wages, to planned communities and labor unions.

Spring Schedule (Starting Friday, April 22, 2022 - May 14, 2022)

Old Slater Mill will be reopening for guided tours on April 22, 2022. Two guided tours will be offered at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. These tours will only be offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Please arrive 5 - 10 minutes before the scheduled tour time. Tours will leave from the front of Old Slater Mill (gather at the door of the yellow mill building facing the parking lot). Tours last approximately 30 minutes. The Visitor services station will remain closed until May 19, 2022. The Sylvanus Brown House and Wilkinson Mill continue to be closed.

The park grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. Click here to view our calendar and see what exciting events will be available this summer.

Summer Schedule (May 19, 2022 - September 11, 2022)

Old Slater Mill visitor contact station will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM starting on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Visitors can stamp their NPS Passport Book, watch a short 7 minute introductory video about the site, and view exhibits. Guided tours of the mill start at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM. These 30-minute long tours will investigate Slater Mill's importance in American history. Arrive 5 - 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the tour. Tours meet in front of Old Slater Mill. The Sylvanus Brown House and Wilkinson Mill remain closed at this time.

The park grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk. Click here to view our calendar and see what exciting events will be available this summer.

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Last updated: April 21, 2022