To help you find your way around the Blackstone Valley, the Heritage Corridor Commission has created a network of seven Visitor Centers across the Blackstone Valley, as well as dozens of other sites where you can pick up visitor information.
Roger Williams National Memorial
282 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
The Roger Williams National Memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams founded the new colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1636. This colony served as a refuge where all could come to worship as their conscience dictated without interference from the state. The Memorial is located on a common lot of the original settlement of Providence, and celebrates our Freedom of Religion as first proclaimed by Roger Williams and now set forth in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The memorial is set upon 4.5 acres of landscaped park and includes several interpretive exhibits about Roger Williams and his time, including a short film. Open Daily 9-4:30.
Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Located across the street from historic Slater Mill the Visitor Center is a great place to start a tour of the valley, to sepnd a few minutes learning about the nationally significant history here, or to learn more about specific Valley sites. Don't miss the award-winning film “Hidden in the Blackstone Valley”. This 20 minute feature tells the story of the rise and fall of the textile mill industry on the Blackstone River and the role it played in setting the American Industrial Revolution in motion.
Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center
Interstate 295 North, between exits 9 and 10.
Lincoln, RI 02895
Located on Interstate 295 North, in-between Exits 9 and 10, the Blackstone River State Park Visitor Center is open twenty four hours a day. Along with tourist information, the Visitor Center also houses restroom facilities and a State Police satellite office. The Visitor Center is also directly linked to the Blackstone River Bikeway and provides access to the Blackstone River State Park which includes the Blackstone River, the historic Blackstone Canal and the Captain Wilbur Kelly House Transportation Museum via a half mile bikeway link.
Museum of Work and Culture
42 South Main Street
The Museum tells the story of the immigration and labor experience of the Blackstone River Valley, and provides visitor information for the entire region. This is the perfect place to get a feeling for the people of the Blackstone Valley who came to America to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone Valley.
Captain Wilbur Kelly House Transportation Museum
Lower River Road
Located along the Blackstone River Bikeway and the Blackstone Canal is the Kelley House, home of ships captain and mill owner Wilbur Kelley that has been transformed into a museum on transportation in the Blackstone Valley. The Kelly House is located with the Blackstone River State Park and is operated by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.
River Bend Farm
287 Oak Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569
River Bend Farm Visitor Center is located in a 1,000 acre state park along the Blackstone River Canal and towpath. The Visitor Center is part of the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park; offering walking and hiking paths, canoe access, picnic and wildlife watching areas. It is open year-round, seven days a week, during daylight hours.
Worcester Historical Museum
30 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
The Worcester Historical Museum is a unique organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting Worcester's history in all time periods and subject areas. The holdings of WHM encompass thousands of unique documents and artifacts vital to the study of Worcester history.
Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary / Mass Audubon Society
414 Massasoit Road
Worcester, MA 01604
Broad Meadow Brook is the largest urban sanctuary in New England. There are over 300 acres of woods, fields, streams and marsh areas to explore. It also provides visitor information for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Trails are open every day, dawn to dusk.