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The Blackstone Valley or Blackstone River Valley is a region of Massachusettsmarker and Rhode Islandmarker. It is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

Blackstone River

Blackstone Canal

The Blackstone Canal was a waterway linking Worcester, Massachusettsmarker, to Providence, Rhode Islandmarker (and Narragansett Bay) through the Blackstone Valley via a series of locks and canals between 1828 and 1848.

The canal is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a National Heritage Corridor dedicated to the history of the early American Industrial Revolution, including mill towns stretching across 24 cities and towns (400,000 acres (1,620 kmĀ²) in total) near the river's course in Worcester County, Massachusettsmarker and Providence County, Rhode Islandmarker. It is named for the late US Senator from Rhode Island John Chafee.

The National Corridor was designated by an Act of Congress on November 10, 1986 to preserve and interpret for present and future generations the unique and significant value of the Blackstone Valley. It includes cities, towns, villages and almost one million people. The Federal government does not own or manage any of the land or resources in the corridor as it does in the more traditional national parks. Instead the National Park Service, two state governments, dozens of local municipalities, businesses, nonprofit historical and environmental organizations, educational institutions, many private citizens, and a unifying commission all work together in partnerships to protect the Valley's special identity and prepare for its future.

The Blackstone River Bikeway is a planned paved rail trail defining the course of the East Coast Greenway through the National Corridor. As of mid-2009, approximately of the Bikeway has been completed in Rhode Island, in Massachusetts.

On October 12, 2006 the National Heritage Areas Act of 2006 was signed by the President, enacting it as Public Law Number 109-338. This legislation extends the Corridor Commission for five years until October 12, 2011.

Visitor centers

River Bend Farm Vistors Center, Blackstone River and Canal State Park, Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Corridor cities and towns

Note: In some cases, only a portion of the city or town is included in the Corridor.

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