The Blackstone River, moving from northern Rhode Island to south-central Massachusetts, is an entity of American industrial history. It is the location of the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This was the country’s first textile mill, made with technology imported secretly from England. The best way to follow this route is to travel from one regional Visitor Center to the next. They are the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center
, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, (800-454-2882) and the River Bend Farm Visitor Center
, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, Massachusetts, (508-278-7604).
Intersting points along the route, in addition to Slater Mill Historic Site
in Pawtucket, are Lincoln Woods State Park at 2 Manchester Print Works Road in Lincoln and the Museum of Work and Culture
in Woonsocket, which tells the stories of mill workers here.