Where are we going today?
A National Historic Landmark, Slater Mill Museum brings history to life through tours of Slater Mill (1793), Wilkinson Machine Shop (1810), the Sylvanus Brown House (1758) and the Pawtucket Visitors Center. See a water-wheel powered machine shop, walk over a large scale floor map of the Blackstone River Valley, watch a film about how the mills began early in the 19th Century. Learn about spinning thread and weaving cotton textiles on vintage machines. Come learn about the history of America’s “second” unnamed Revolution and how it would secure what the colonial patriot’s bloody Revolution of 1775 had won militarily. On-site tours are lead by costumed interpreters who share their knowledge about the “Cotton Economy,” Child Labor, Unions, Immigration, Agrarian and Urban America, and the entrepreneurial spirit that drove American capitalists and workers to make America the powerhouse it would become. Tours last about 90 minutes.
- Wooden 16,000 pound water wheel in working condition.
- Working textile weaving looms, cotton thread spinning machinery
- Expert interpretive tour guides