America’s Industrial Revolution was born here, in the city of Pawtucket in the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor, in 1793. That’s when the firm of Almy, Brown, and Slater constructed a mill to manufacture cotton thread, which they did successfully until 1829. The mill then went on to produce tools and other goods until 1921, when a forward-thinking group began working on its preservation.
The Slater Mill Museum, consisting of three historic buildings – the 1793 Slater Mill, the 1810 Wilkinson Mill, and the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House (a typical 19th century artisan’s home) – “preserves, interprets and researches” various aspects of America’s industrial heritage in programs, events and exhibits. Standard tours take visitors through all three buildings; there are also themed tours covering topics like paranormal investigations.