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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 John. H Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (the 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 Corridor includes 24 cities and towns in a watershed stretching from the headwaters in Worcester, MA to Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI.

The Corridor has many historic sites as well as fabulous recreational opportunities on land and water.

Get on the River
Enjoy a paddle down the Blackstone River. Not sure how to access the river? Download one of our self-guided paddling tours.

Enjoy the Bike Path
Not sure of parking locations where you can park your car to access the bike path? See bike path access points.

Visit Valley Sites
The Corridor has 96 sites that help bring our history alive. Explore the valley sites.

Join Us for the Ranger Walkabout on Thursday, July 31: The American Civil War & General Ambrose Burnside – A Misunderstood General, A Walking Tour of Burnside's Providence


General Ambrose Burnside was a very prominent Rhode Islander with a much maligned Civil War past. Yet, is what we know about General Burnside really true? Civic minded, an elected Governor and an entrepreneur, but the reputation as a very bad general. Is it true? Is it fair?

Join Ranger Chuck Arning and Greg Mierka, Civil War Historian, to learn more about this fascinating man.

Parking: This program will begin at the Roger Williams National Memorial at 282 North Main St., Providence. Use the Memorial's parking area (the entrance is at the corner of Canal Street and Smith Street). There is also parking along North Main Street.

View full Walkabout schedule (through August 28)

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