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Arrowhead Acres - Uxbridge. 73 acre family
recreation area for private groups, company picnics, etc. with petting zoo,
hayrides and more. 508-278-5017. Rte 98.
Asa Waters Estate - Millbury. Gunmaker's
Asa Waters 1832 homestead stands as Millbury's town jewel. Historical visitors
and perhaps part of the Underground railroad.
Blackstone Gorge - Blackstone. Dramatic
section of wild stretch of the Blackstone River with 80' drops surrounded
by Rhode Island/Mass bi-state 100 acre park for picnics and hiking.
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center - Pawtucket,
R.I. Changing gallery exhibit, area information and gift shop. 175 Main Street.
Picnic Waterslides - Douglas. Family owned picnic grounds and Alpine
slide on Whitins Reservoir.
Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - Largest urban sanctuary in N.E. with
300 acres of woods, fields, stream and marsh. Visitor information center for
River Corridor. 78 species of butterflies and many other wildlife species. Visitors
Buck Hill Trail - Burrillville, RI 4.7
miles to hike with lots of wildlife any tiny ponds for wood ducks. Large marsh
with dead trees and borders of Ct., Ma., and RI all uniting.
Chepachet Village - Glocester, R.I.
Bustling antique center that brings you back a century or so. Visit the Brown
& Hopkins Country Store and the Job Armstrong Store. Putnam Pike,
Chestnut Hill Meeting House - Millville.
New England meeting house built in 1769 which is on the National Register of
Historic Places and is one of the oldest structures of its type in original
condition. Tours and events.
Cornet John Farnum House - Uxbridge. 1710
built house which held first town meeting of 50 families in 1727. Historical
society restoration with many fine early furnishings and china.
Diamond Hill Vineyards - Cumberland, R.I.
200 year old vineyard house and gift shop along with five acres of vines with
the grape Pinot Noir and chardonnay. 34 acres of lovely scenes. 3145
Diamond Hill Rd, 401-333-2751.
Douglas State Forest - Douglas. 4650 acres
bordering Ct. and RI offering swimming, boating, fishing at Wallum Lake as well
as miles of trails for recreational use of snowmobiling, horseback riding,
skiing, hunting, hiking. Rare Atlantic cedar swampland accessible by boardwalk.
55 mile trail connected to 95 mile Mid-State trail system.
Worcester. A 60 acre center for environmental exploration with earth science
exhibits, natural history displays, planetariums shows, Tree Canopy Walkway,
nature trails and wildlife habitats and a great little train ride around the
E.N.Jenckes Store and Museum - Douglas.
Century old general store offering insight to everyday needs and life within the
community. Features dry goods section and much more restored by Douglas
Friend's Meeting House - Uxbridge. 1820
built oldest religious building in Uxbridge offering original hand hew timber
and early cemetery.
General Rufus Putnam House - Sutton. Sutton
Historical Society's home with early Sutton memorabilia. 508-865-2725.
Armory - Worcester. World famous museum offering arms and armor and a
true castle atmosphere for all to study and enjoy. Private functions, birthdays
parties, museum store.
Historic Great Road - Lincoln, R.I. A
1660s Conklin Limestone Quarry is the cornerstone of the many historical houses
within this village hosting an early wooden mill, Chase Farm recreational area,
Blacksmith Shop with demonstration and Friends Meeting House. 401-333-1100.
Jenks Park - Central Falls, R.I. The
Cogswell Clock Tower sits atop Dexter's Ledge and offers an expansive view of
Rhode Island's Blackstone Valley. This area, which is home to one of the
fiercest battles of the victorious native Nipmuc, Narragansett and Wampanoag
Indians against English colonists in the late 1600s.
Lincoln Woods State Park - Lincoln RI.
Fresh water swimming, trout fishing, 92 picnic sites on 627 acres, trails and
game fields. Boats under 10hp allowed. Between Rtes 146 and 123.
Lookout Rock - Uxbridge. King Philip's
lookout point when struggling against white settlers. Large granite rocks
looking out upon a wonderful vista of the Blackstone River. (photo above)
Mass Audubon 's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife and
Conservation Center (in Worcester) - 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester. Visitor
Center. Information on the Blackstone River watershed and wildlife.
Organized canoe trips. Birdwatching, walking, biking information. Small
admission charge to non-Worcester residents except for Audubon members.
Mendon Country Gift Barn - Mendon.Penny
candy, collectibles, finely crafted furniture in this country store located in
an old restored barn. Various events.
Millville Lock - Millville. 1827 built and
best preserved canal lock on Blackstone River. #21 lock out of 48 from
Providence to Worcester. Near Triad Bridge.
Village - Sturbridge. Living history within a 19th century village with
shops, varied homes, water-powered mills. Daily events with costumed workers.
Visitors and Education Center.
Pawtucket Red Sox - Pawtucket, R.I.
401-724-7300. Great family sporting fun.
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge -
Smithfield, RI - 100 acres devoted to preservation of bird life. RI Audubon
society refuge featuring pond, brook and pine forests for photographers, walkers
and those seeking serenity. Library, gift shop, resource room.
Purgatory Chasm State Park - Sutton. 1300 State owned
park and glacially formed gorge cut through solid granite roughly 14,000 years
ago. Five trails, picnic area and nature program, children's slides and fun.
RISD Museum -
Providence, RI. Plenty of special exhibits plus regular ongoing collections.
River Bend Farm - Oak St.,Uxbridge. Big
red barn visitors center offering information and
many tourist brochures. Sunday events. The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage
State Park offers 1000 acres of natural setting along the canal with hiking,
canoe access and picnic grounds as well as Rice City Pond, a great area for
watching wildlife. Pretty.
Roger Williams Park Zoo-
Slater Memorial Park - Pawtucket, RI.
Celebrating Samuel Slater, the founder of the American Industrial Revolution.
Full recreational facilities, tennis, picnic. Summertime concerts. Louff
Carousel - 1894 Restored Carousel listed on Natl Registrar of Historic
Places with 42 standing horses, chariots, six menagerie figures. Daggett
House - Colonial pewter, needlework, furniture, china used in Revolutionary
Slater Mill - Pawtucket,R.I. Water powered
mill built in 1793 to produce Samuel Slater's technology of cotton yarn and
textile manufacturing. Waterwheel and other features and attractions.
Slatersville Common - North Smithfield,
R.I. First industrial village in America planned by John Slater, Samuel's
brother. Several buildings of interest along with 1855 Arch bridge.
Smith Appleby House - Smithfield, RI.
Grandson of John Smith, cartographer of the NE coastline, Elisha Smith built
this house around late 1600's. As his family grew, so did the one room stone
house ending up with 12 rooms with varied designs and original stencils. Old saw
mill remnants, etc. Smithfield Historical Society restored since 1974. Limited
hours. Events. 401-231-7363.
Southwick's Zoo - Mendon. New
England's largest zoo offers hundreds of rare birds and different animals. 30
acre deer park and wild cat habitat. Chimpanzee natural habitat. Special
events, food service, pony rides, playground and picnic areas.
Spring Lake Beach - Burrillville, RI. 750
feet of lakefront on fresh springfed water pond, boat rentals, hall, social
grounds , volleyball. off Rte. 102 Small admission charge.
Hill Botanical Garden - Boylston. 132 acre living museum of plants
features formal and informal gardens, panoramic views, Orangerie tropical
garden, and natural settings. Education and Visitors Center.
Train Depot - Woonsocket, R.I. Corridor
Commission Office and historic Providence & Worcester Railroad 1882 Depot visitor's
Triad Bridge - Blackstone & Millville.
A three tiered bridge erected in the late 1800s which crisscrosses the
Blackstone River used for various railroad lines.
Vaillancourt Fork Art - Sutton.
Handpainted molded chalkware supplying more than 3000 stores nationwide. Studio
and retail shop in 1800s colonial farmhouse with full display. 145 Armsby Road.
Walkabout Trail - Gloucester, RI. In 1965,
an Australian crew of the HMAS "Perth" under the command of Lt.
Malcolm Unwin of the Royal Australian Army was waiting for delivery of two
guided missile destroyers and used their free time to work all day building an 8
mile trail. Shorter trails are also available. At night, they swam in the
Waters Farm - Sutton. Living history
homestead with 130 acres of pasture and woods teaching N.E. way of life. Open
for special events only.
West Hill Dam & Park - Uxbridge.
518 East Hartford Ave. 557 acre park along West River with much varied
wildlife in woods, meadows, streams and wetlands with frogs, turtles, blue
heron, red fox, deer, coyote, hawks and more. Swimming in Harrington Pond with
sandy area. Rest rooms, picnic area, grills. Army Corps of Engineers.
Wild Bird Gardens - North Uxbridge. One of
Blackstone Valley's most unique shops located on the Mumford River in an 1830
historic mill building. 6000 sq.ft. of bird supplies, kayak rentals, gourmet
baskets, massage therapy clinic and so much more.
House & Clock Museum - North Grafton. a collection of over 80 clocks
from America's premier 18th century clockmaking family, the Willards. Period
costumes, old firearms, artifacts, historical collections.
Art Museum - Worcester. 5,000 years of art within 35,000 pieces in 36
galleries. Renown small museum offering Egyptian antiquities, Roman mosaics to
contemporary work and varied exhibits.
Historical Museum - Worcester. Three galleries with historical Worcester
area collections, artifacts, manuscripts and photographs. Varied exhibits
offering Worcester's past. Interesting displays. Also visitors
center offering information.
Work and Culture
Museum - Woonsocket, RI. Interactive displays of family and work life
from pre-WWI to current times. Community historical displays. Historical
exhibits and museum store.
Wright's Dairy Farm - North
Smithfield, RI. Working century old dairy farm and yummy bakery with lots of
creams, cakes and cookies. 120 holsteins milked daily 3-6 p.m.
Out of region - Davis Farmland Maze - Sterling,
Exit 6 off I-190. Naturally grown exotic maze by English designer Adrian Fisher.
Eight miles of four foot wide paths. Admission. 978-422-8888.
Not in the Valley But So Close By: Piano Museum in Hopkinton
Piano Museum is a collection of over 100 pianos "chosen to represent as
many makers and styles" of pianos as possible. From a working miniature
that is only 29" long to a 9" 4" Mason & Hamlin Grand, the
collection ofefrs wonderful insight into the diverse and broad variety of pianos
crafted by true artisans. There is also other ephemera including old
books, catalogues, printed music and signatures from well-known professionals
including piano tuners.
The museum is located at
10 Oakhurst Road, Hopkinton with free availability to view these pianos from
Monday to Friday 9-5 by calling 508-435-5191. A virtual museum is located at www.pianomuseum.org