Blackstone River Valley
Footsteps in History Preserve America
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COMING UP on Columbus Day
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The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce,
the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the John H. Chafee
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor working together as
the Blackstone River Valley Tourism Collaborative has assured that
every one of the 24 Preserve America communities of Blackstone
River Valley in Massachusetts and Rhode Island will have a site or program
that is participating in this showcase of the architecture, culture and
heritage known as the birthplace of America’s Industrial Revolution.
Over 130 sites and interpretive events
have been collected under the Footsteps in History umbrella to
offer visitors a chance to experience five centuries of America’s
history in three days!
Here are some highlights from each
Massachusetts Preserve America community:
286 Mendon Street
Tour of one of the most intact historic
farmsteads remaining within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage
Douglas Historical Society /
E.N. Jenckes Store Museum
283 Main Street
Enjoy a typical small town country store of a
hundred years ago restored by the Douglas Historical Society. This site was
the lifeblood of the community, selling everything from ladders to lace,
furniture to feather plumes.
Hassanamesit Indian Reservation
80 Brigham Hill Road (behind Town Hall)
Open house and guided tours of the Nipmuc
Tribal National Reservation. Learn about the culture and traditions.
The Little Red Shop
12 Hopedale Street (north of Town Hall)
Guided tour of shop and other activities. Come
learn about the Draper family and their manufacture of looms.
Leicester Common & other
buildings - Leicester Historical Commission
3 Washburn Square (Town Hall)
A 40 minutes guided walking tour of the common
area. Tours will be every hour done every hour. Tour will include local
history and will highlight the carding industry in the valley as well as the
underground railroad in Leicester.
2 Southwick Street
Discover the history of the Southwick
Homestead and learn about historical animal ecology. Presentations at the
Earth Eco-Education Center at 1 pm and 2 pm.
The Asa Waters Mansion
123 Elm Street, Millbury (next to Town Hall).
Special Exhibit: An
unprecedented display of over 40 antique pistols made
during the 1800's at the Waters Armory (once located on the banks of the
Blackstone River) will be on display for these four hours only – don’t miss
it! There will also be black powder musket firing demonstrations on
the grounds on the half-hour. Numerous rooms in the Mansion will also be
accessible for self-touring.
Chestnut Hill Meeting House &
at the corner of Thayer & Chestnut Hill Road
next to the cemetery, Millville
Open house with interpretation.
Saturday: 2 - 3 pm: Presentation
"Yours for Humanity -- Abby", a 30 minute, one-woman play depicting the
life of Abby Kelley Foster who spoke out against slavery and prejudice and
for equal rights for women. Presenter: Lynne McKinley Lydich, of the
Worcester Women's History Project. Offering Accepted.
Sunday: 1-2pm: Open house with
Sunday: 2 - 3 pm: Presentation "A
Woman of 1769" relates to the role the meeting house and the people of
Mendon played in the American Revolution. Offering Accepted.
Monday: 1-2pm: A narrated, self guided
tour of the Chestnut Hill Meeting House Cemetery (1769 to the present).
Burial sites of early settlers and revolutionary soldiers are discussed in
this 330-grave colonial cemetery tour.
"A walk with the Whitins"
Guided walks begin at 11am and are held
continuously beginning at the Historical Society Building at 1 Elm Place at
the corner of Douglas Road. Whitinsville, MA 508-476-2893.
53 Waters Road
Open house. Discover a hilltop homestead built
in 1757 by Stephen Waters, listed on the National Register of Historic
Places overlooking beautiful Lake Manchaug. Stunning views of the lake,
barns, outbuildings, and pristine farmland.
508-865-4886 or 508-865-0101 farm answering
153 North Street
Cider and butter making demonstrations: Local
crafters & artisans, wool spinning demonstration, historic farm equipment
display, historic clothing & home accessory display, holiday cards photo
sessions & custom print ordering option, scrap booking, tattoos & face
painting, hayrides, sandwiches, salads, drinks and novelty ice cream are
available for lunch, and much more!!!
Quaker Meeting House of South
On the corner of Quaker Highway (MA-146A) and
Aldrich Street. (MA-98)
Open house and on-going presentation and
discussion on the early Quakers of South Uxbridge. Come experience this
great example of an early meeting house.
Childhood Home of U.S. Poet
Laureate Stanley Kunitz
4 Woodford Street
Poet, editor, essayist, and translator who
became America's 10th poet laureate at the age of 95! Kunitz's first
collection of verse appeared in 1930. He has written in conversational tone
of such complex themes as the work of a poet, loss, time, and the chaos of
inner life. Poetry readings, talk, tour of our site including pear tree!!!
Footsteps in History
is a project has also received support from the National Trust for
Historic Preservation, the Massachusetts Historical Commission,
the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and
Known as the Birthplace of America’s
Industrial Revolution, the Blackstone River Valley’s 24 communities
were designated by President and Mrs. Bush as Preserve America
communities in 2004. To highlight this proud achievement, the region’s
Blackstone River Valley Tourism Collaborative developed Footsteps
in History to make all historical and cultural sites open and
available to the public with open houses, artistic and interpretive
programs, festivals and much more during this three-day fall weekend.
For more information and a complete listing
of participating sites and organizations, visit
www.footstepsinhistory.com or call Veronica Cadoppi, Program Coordinator
Footsteps in History
is sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Collaborative an organization
representing the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Blackstone
Valley Tourism Council and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor. The Collaborative has also affiliated with the
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Preserve America Program.
The Blackstone Valley Tourism Collaborative
encourages visitors to participate in the Footsteps in History
Preserve America weekend by promoting a $1,000 Gas Give-a-Way contest
through the over 130 sites participating in the weekend. For contest