As textile mills spread across the Blackstone Valley in the early 1800s, mill owners realized they had a very basic problem. They needed a better way to get raw materials to their mills and their finished goods to market. Their solution was to build a canal that would run from Providence to Worcester.
Although the canal operated for only twenty years, it changed life in the Blackstone River Valley in many fundamental ways.
Kevin Klyberg, a National Park Service Ranger at the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, will talk about why the Blackstone Canal was built, how it changed the Blackstone Valley landscape, and whether any of it remains today.