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Pawtucket in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Old Slater Mill

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Slater Mill Historic Site

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
 
Old Slater Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2020
1. Old Slater Mill Marker
Inscription.  
The American Industrial Revolution began right here. In 1793, Samuel Slater teamed up with investors and local artisans. Together, they built a first for the United States—a successful cotton spinning mill that was run by water power.

After that, "cotton mill fever" spread rapidly up the Blackstone River. It then spilled out into New England, and eventually other parts of the nation. These industries forever changed the land, ways of life, and economies.

Slater Mill Historic Site preserves and interprets America's industrial heritage. The story is told in three historic buildings on the property.

Old Slater Mill
Built in 1793, the yellow mill you see to your left once contained Slater's revolutionary spinning machines. Today it houses historic textile equipment, an information desk, and a gift shop.

Sylvanus Brown House
This was the home of Sylvanus Brown, a mechanic who worked closely with Samuel Slater. The house and furnishings reflect life and work near the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Wilkinson Mill
This mill made machines
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for textile mills and other customers. Here, you can see a water wheel in action and witness a machine shop from the 1800s at work.

 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1793.
 
Location. 41° 52.674′ N, 71° 22.96′ W. Marker is in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on Slater Street just east of Roosevelt Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket RI 02860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Slater Mill (here, next to this marker); A Mechanic's Life (here, next to this marker); First Successful Cotton Mill in America (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Old Slater Mill (a few steps from this marker); Wilkinson Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Wilkinson Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Milling Machines (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of American Manufacturing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pawtucket.
 
Old Slater Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2020
2. Old Slater Mill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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