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Old Slater Mill, Pawtucket

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The Slater Mill is a historic textile mill complex on the banks of the Blackstone River in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, modeled after cotton spinning mills first established in England. It is the first water-powered cotton spinning mill in North America to utilize the Arkwright system of cotton spinning as developed by Richard Arkwright.
Samuel Slater, the mill's founder, apprenticed as a young man in Belper, England with industrialist Jedediah Strutt. Shortly after immigrating to the United States, Slater was hired by Moses Brown of Providence, Rhode Island to produce a working set of machines necessary to spin cotton yarn using water power. Construction of the machines was completed in 1793, as well as a dam, waterway, waterwheel, and mill. Manufacturing was based on Richard Arkwright's cotton spinning system, which included carding, drawing, and spinning machines. Slater initially hired children and families to work in his mill, establishing a pattern that was replicated throughout the Blackstone Valley and known as the "Rhode Island System". It was later eclipsed by Francis Cabot Lowell's Waltham System.
Slater Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966, the first property to be listed on the register. In December 2014, the mill was added to the newly formed Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Pawtucket holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Old Slater Mill and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Unfortunately it was closed but we could walk around the place and take picture of the buildings as well as the dam. 
    Unfortunately it was closed but we could walk around the place and take picture of the buildings as well as the dam.  more »
  • As my wife & I continued from our stay at the Christopher Dodge House, part of our grand plan of our Fall Foliage road trip was to stop at the Slater Mill Museum. Well, we came too early around 8:30.....  more
    As my wife & I continued from our stay at the Christopher Dodge House, part of our grand plan of our Fall Foliage road trip was to stop at the Slater Mill Museum. Well, we came too early around 8:30.....  more »
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  • We came by not knowing what to expect. The staff at the visitor center across the street suggested we try to see if we can catch the last bit of the 2:30 tour. When we got there, a small group was just finished with the tour. Luckily, the park ranger, Tyler was super nice to head back into the mill to give my husband and I a tour. He was super passionate and engaging as he told the story of the Slater Mills. He was really informative and we learned a TON about the local history and how it impacted industrialization of our country. Eye opening to see how the industry evolved! The surrounding property is really nice and it always feels awesome to be in a space with so much history. Highly recommend but make sure you're around for the tour! Tour times are 10:30, 12:30, 2:30!
  • Slater Mill is a nice historical place (cotton mill). They keep it up well and it has benches and trash barrels. Nice view of the Blackstone River. I saw a blue Heron at the river. They offer tours of the buildings every now and then. Nice place for photography !

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