Welcome to the Blackstone Valley


Rhode Island’s Blackstone River Valley is a rolling, 240 square mile region in the northern part of the state. It embraces the cities of Pawtucket, Central Falls and Woonsocket and the towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Burrillville, Glocester, Smithfield and North Smithfield. Its people represent cultures from Native American and “Old Yankee” to recent immigrants who enrich their adopted Valley with an entrepreneurial spirit, great food, and picturesque traditions.

Carved by the powerful, forty-five mile long Blackstone River, the Valley runs from Worcester, Massachusetts to Pawtucket, Rhode Island and holds the distinction of being the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and of our nation’s economic freedom.

Authentic period communities dot the Valley, and over a dozen museums tell the captivating story of its colorful people and places. Here, history lives and breathes, revealing a window to America’s transition from an agricultural to an industrialized way of life.

The scenic vistas of our river and the charm, grace and practicality of our architecture are unique in all America. We welcome you, and invite you to linger, to get acquainted with us and our vibrant, beautiful Blackstone Valley.

Dr. Robert Billington, President

Video message from Bob Billington