Blackstone River Valley

National Historical Park - RI,MA

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park was created for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and interpreting the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley and the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape of that region in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Blackstone River Valley was the site of some of the earliest successful textile mills in the United States, and these mills contributed significantly to the earliest American Industrial Revolution. The subsequent construction of the Blackstone Canal, a few years after the successful completion of the Erie Canal, helped to sustain the region's industrial strength.

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Official Visitor Map of John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (NHC) in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Blackstone River Valley - Visitor Map

Official Visitor Map of John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (NHC) in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/blrv/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstone_River_Valley_National_Historical_Park Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park was created for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and interpreting the industrial heritage of the Blackstone River Valley and the urban, rural, and agricultural landscape of that region in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Blackstone River Valley was the site of some of the earliest successful textile mills in the United States, and these mills contributed significantly to the earliest American Industrial Revolution. The subsequent construction of the Blackstone Canal, a few years after the successful completion of the Erie Canal, helped to sustain the region's industrial strength. 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. The park headquarters is located at the Wilkinson Mill in the Historic Slater Mill Complex in Pawtucket, RI. 67 Roosevelt Avenue Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-428-3816 Old Slater Mill Visitor Center We are offering limited visitor services at the Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark on Thursdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Some exhibits, including a model waterwheel, pictures, artifacts and videos are on display. Rangers are available to offer information, stamp your passports, and answer questions. Ranger Led Programs which include a tour of the mill are offered at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. There is no drinking water currently available. From I-95 North, take Exit 28 - Route 114 / School Street. Take a left onto Route 114. Go under the highway, straight through the next light and bear left onto Broadway. Bear right onto Main Street and take a right at the light onto Roosevelt Avenue. The parking lot is 500' up on the right. From I-95 South, take Exit 29 - US-1 / Downtown Pawtucket. Turn right onto Fountain Street. Take your first right onto Exchange Street. Turn left onto Roosevelt Avenue. The parking lot is a 1/4 mile down on the left. The Kelly Barn Visitor Station Located at the Kelly Barn, up the path from the Kelly House, in the Blackstone River State Park, we are offering limited visitor services on Thursdays through Sundays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (weather permitting). There is a small exhibit, short video, and information brochures available. National Park Rangers are on hand to offer additional information and answer questions. There are no facilities or drinking water available at the state park. Just up the Tow Path from the Captain Wilbur Kelly Transportation Museum. Slater Mill Site Slater Mill, Wilkinson Mill and Brown House at Blackstone River Valley NHP Slater Mill, Wilkinson Mill and Brown House at Blackstone River Valley NHP Slatersville Slatersville View of John Slater's home in Slatersville, RI Ashton Kelly House and canal Blackstone canal outside of the Wilbur Kelly House The Blackstone Canal and towpath along the Wilbur Kelly House in Ashton, RI Little Red Shop The Little Red Shop in Hopedale, MA The Little Red Shop in Hopedale, MA - the original home of the Draper Loom Corporation Wilkinson Mill interior Interior view of the Wilkinson Mill The machine shop inside the Wilkinson Mill Autumn in the Blackstone Valley Autumn in the Blackstone Valley Autumn in the Blackstone Valley Lowell, Story of an Industrial City: Early American Manufacturing The mounting conflict between the colonies and England in the 1760s and 1770s reinforced a growing conviction that Americans should be less dependent on their mother country for manufactures. Spinning bees and bounties encouraged the manufacture of homespun cloth as a substitute for English imports. Slater Mill by Elliot. HAER Photo, Library of Congress Collections Series: Lowell, Story of an Industrial City America's self-image is founded in part on the nation's rapid rise to industrial preeminence by World War I. While there is no single birthplace of industry, Lowell's planned textile mill city, in scale, technological innovation, and development of an urban working class, marked the beginning of the industrial transformation of America. Cover of the Lowell Handbook Blackstone River Valley, Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution Did you know you can visit the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and see the first mills that sparked one of the greatest societal changes ever seen? Throughout the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the Industrial Revolution comes alive. River with short waterfall. Two mill buildings on far riverbank.

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