Borrowing from the Slater Mill web site pages, we see a few images of the old mill being operated by men and women... often children. When you take the tour, the guides explain how the children were used to squeeze in and under the equipment if things got stuck or something was unreachable by a full grown man. It could be very scarey and accidents were dreadful and fairly frequent. Lighting was provided through the windows prior to electricity, so the end of the day could be pretty dim in winter.
The bell tower is pictured here as well. That early American architecture is always striking in its simplicity.
This is a tour well worth taking.
Across the street from Slater Mill you will find the Visitors Center which was established in recent years to showcase some of the local arts and attractions as well as to provide maps and information. Interesting exhibits make it a lively information center.
SYLVANUS BROWN HOUSE
In the Slater Mill complex you will find this wonderful early house and garden which you can tour along with your entry to the mill itself. Don't miss it. It's a wonderful little place with some interesting furnishings and crafts.
We enjoyed one of the river boat tours which I describe and picture on my Central Falls page. The river passes through several cities as it flows south towards Providence. There are a couple of options from a short afternoon cruise, to a British Tea cruise, or even an option to do a B&B cruise. See the web site for full descriptions.
Blackstone River Cruises
The Wilkinson Mill stands next to the Slater Mill and can be seen in the cover photograph. It is a handsome stone mill as opposed to the wooden structure of the Slater. You have the opportunity to experience the noise and power of the machinery if you check in to this site for a minute.
Slater Mill offers a number of classes in the old trades and skills of yesterday. I've been enjoying a class in Weaving lately. I'll try to post some pics of my work and the class projects.
There is also a class in caning chairs, spinning, quilting, and knitting. It's a fabulous big space on the second floor and we get to use their looms and equipment. I'm looking forward to finishing a project in time for a student show for the public.
Very nice gift shop on the first floor offers some of the products made in the mill today...student and teacher's work... as well as treats, books, soulvenirs.
18:23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
18:24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the
place for the fifty righteous that are therein? 18:25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? 18:26 And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.
18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:
18:28 Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.
18:29 And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
18:30 And he said unto him, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak: Peradventure there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.
18:31 And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD: Peradventure there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.
18:32 And he said, Oh let not the LORD be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
18:33 And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Sylvanus Brown House
Don't miss this colonial home and interpreted lifestyle buildings. Erected in 1758 and moved to its present location in 1973, this red gambrel-roofed cottage is now “home” to a family of artisans and mill workers. Portrayed by our expert interpreters, the family demonstrates and explains the activities of daily life in the early mill village of Pawtucket. Rising before the sun and working through the day, each member of the family had a series of tasks that had to be done to make sure that food, shelter and clothing were always available. Be sure to visit both the living quarters upstairs and the kitchen and flax shed on the lower level.
This is a Park Service site and the place to start your exploration of Pawtucket and the Blackstone River Valley.