Welcome to Blackstone River Valley
This attractive river valley in the northeast corner of the state is named for its first European settler, the Reverend William Blackstone, who arrived here in 1635. But it wasn't until the invention of the water-powered spinning jenny, which was brought to the area in the 1790s, that the region really began to boom. Fueled by the Blackstone River, small wool and cotton textile mills proliferated, becoming the valley's dominant industry. Be sure to check out Slater Mill, credited with beginning the industrial age in America.