Blackstone River Valley
Blackstone River Valley

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PDF MAPS:                          Get on The River                 Birding                          MA Farmstands              Fall Foliage                     Industrial Tour            Canal Tour            Shopping Tour                    RI Birding

Antiques                      Annual Events               Arts & Culture        Attractions/Museums        Berries & Farmstands   Biking & Bikepath          Boat Ramps
Camping                       Summer Concerts
Dining - Fine to Casual   Fishing
Golf - Mini-Golf          
Greenway Challenge          History of the Valley

Ice Cream                           
Lodging                            Maple Sugaring          
Paddling Itineraries
River Cruising
Rock Climbing                 Scenic Drives

Swimming                            Trails                             Visitors Centers
Walking Tours     


Bike Blackstone                Paddling Club

State Parks & Recreation


   The American Industrial Revolution began in the Blackstone Valley where its river, utilized for  transportation as well as water power, was a driving force behind the rapid growth of industrialization in a formerly agrarian based economy.  Sam Slater came from England and changed the course of our Nation's history as he replicated England's coveted Arkwright system in Pawtucket in 1793. Yet, this region and greater Worcester County and northern Rhode Island have stories from even earlier times and throughout history that significanlty shaped America. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor was designated in 1986 by Congress to recognize the Blackstone Valley's national's significance in early American history and also to revitalize its resources, including America's Heritage hardest working river, the Blackstone.

The Blackstone River drops over 400 feet from Worcester south to Pawtucket - creating a wonderful experience along oft unparalleled landscapes of industrial, urban, suburban and very rural communities.

The Blackstone Valley towns are each unique, yet they share many common threads  filled with strong character and traditional New England  values of hard work, thriftiness and innovation. The paternalistically shaped mill villages can still be seen, as can the rural farmlands even with the enormous, new growth the Valley has absorbed in the last few decades.  The Valley ranges from Rhode Island's vibrant city of Providence at the southern end  to 24 communities north to Worcester, mostly shaped around the traditional N.E. Congregational Church common.   Worcester, the second largest city in Massachusetts is at the northern point of the Blackstone River. The Blackstone canal are planned for an aesthetic re-opening along the corridor attracting many visitors after years of neglect.

 In 1999, the United States Congress named the National Heritage Corridor in honor of the late United States Senator John H. Chafee of Rhode Island, who had co-sponsored legislation creating this region in 1986.  

SPECIAL PLACES: Kelly House / Purgatory / Waters Farm / Manchaug / Willard Clock / Asa Waters / Hassanamessit / Upton Chamber / Chestnut Mtg House / Quaker Mtg House /      St. Ann's Arts & Cultural Center / Firsts / Dorr Rebellion / Dragonboat Races / Pascoag Riverwalk / Footsteps in History /

But the Valley's history, attractions and recreational fun go much deeper than the American Industrial revolution. Its ancestors helped shaped the Nation.  Enjoy some of  these unique, yet authentic stories and characters of the past:

Shays Rebellion - Lydia Taft - Indian Burial Ground - Ironstone School - Roger Williams

Chestnut Meeting House - King Philip's WarMumma Dudley - Nipmucs

Vaillancourt Folk Art - Upton's Hidden Treasure - John Hazeltine

Bud Gurney & Dorothea Waters - Stanley Woolen Mill - Al Consigli

A Short Blackstone Canal History - Winter's Gift - Colonial Gardens

Elizabeth Buffum Chace - Maple Sugaring & Sugar House - Dairy Farms

The Ghost of Tarkiln - Gun Making in the Valley - Not Just About Casinos

NATURE Articles: Gray Fox   Lost Grandeur   Hibernation   Birding    ACEC   Land Trusts

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