Visit the Blackstone
River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Immerse Yourself in Our Diverse History; Enjoy Fabulous Recreational Opportunities
Created by an act of Congress in 1986, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (Blackstone Corridor) is our “local” National Heritage Area, the second in the country to be so designated. Here, the industrialization of America began with the first water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, RI. The development of mill villages followed along the Blackstone River and its tributaries into Massachusetts, spreading out across the valley in a pattern that can still be seen and experienced today.
This heritage also includes pre-colonial and Native American resources and history, as well as waves of immigration and diversity of culture that continue today. The Blackstone Corridor includes 24 cities and towns in a watershed stretching from the headwaters in Worcester, MA to Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI.
The Blackstone Valley has many historic sites as well as fabulous recreational opportunities on land and water.
Ranger Talk Series at the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, RI
On Sunday, January 12, 2014, the Museum of Work & Culture at 42 South Main Street, kicked off the 17th season of the Ranger Day Lecture series. Begun in 1998, the program consists of a series of six lectures and presentations from January through March, sponsored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in cooperation with the Rhode Island Historical Society. The next lecture is on February 9 - Norman Desmarais, George Washington's Ghost Army
Read more, including information about all the free lectures
Congratulations to the City of Woonsocket
The city of Woonsocket received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Neighborhood Planning from the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Planning Association. This award recognizes a municipality with a neighborhood plan, program, or design that demonstrates innovative planning principles and measures that create sustainable neighborhoods that have long lasting value. While working on the steering committee of the Woonsocket Main Street Livability Plan project, staff from both the National Park Service and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor have been actively helping to introduce and preserve the heritage landscape in the city's downtown planning efforts.
"We strive to be an active partner to the city of Woonsocket," says Megan DiPrete, community planner with the Blackstone Heritage Corridor. "This is a great example of the projects with which we are involved, providing value to local communities and to the entire Corridor." Read the press release.
Enjoy a paddle down the river in a canoe or kayak. Download paddle tours and take one of the suggested trips, based on your skill level and preferences. You can download a Google Earth file with information on parking for river access, portages, dams, rapids, and other river information. Click to read more about paddling the Blackstone River.
Get on the bike path and enjoy! Not sure of parking locations where you can park your car to access the bike path? Click here to see the bike path access points.