Visitor information is available from the
Blackstone Valley RI Visitor Center, located at 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI
02860 Telephone 401-724-2200. The Visitor Center is open daily and weekends 9
Traveler Information Centers also located inside Blackstone River State Park,
off Interstate Route 295 north, Lincoln, RI and at the Museum of Work & Culture
at Market Square, Woonsocket, RI. Call 401-724-2200 for locations and
What is Tourism All About in the Valley
The American Industrial Revolution began in the Blackstone Valley where its
river, utilized for transportation, was a driving force behind the rapid growth of
industrialization in a formerly agrarian based economy.
The Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor was
designated in 1986 by Congress to recognize the Blackstone region's significance in
early American history
and revitalize its resources.
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 Valley ranges
from Rhode Island's vibrant city of Providence
at the southern end to the rural farmlands and mill
villages, 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
covered and almost forgotten
canals are planned for an aesthetic re-opening along the corridor attracting many visitors after years of
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.
BV Tourism can be emailed at BVTourism@aol.com.
They offer special opportunities aboard the riverboat The Explorer or the
8 passenger bicycle Blackstone Valley surrey. The National
Heritage Corridor is also helpful for your visit or local insight.
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