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Slater Mill Museum, 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.
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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.  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 »
  • I was an interpreter here 25 years ago and was pleased to see the museum not only has been well-maintained over the years, but improved. Our interpreter was knowledgeable and personable. Fascinating story, particularly within the context of the Blackstone River Valley.
  • This place is so freakin' historic it is almost unbelievable. The tour guides are wicked knowledgeable and it is amazing to walk around and see the equipment used for what were the beginnings of the American Industrial Revolution. And on top of that if Carl is around he can tell you of the several paranormal experiences that have and continue to occur at this step way back in time historic place! I went on Father's Day when they offered free admission with a paying adult. A really interesting place to check out and did I mention it's HISTORIC?

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