Friday, December 18, 2015

National Lands: Rhode Island

Picture of the Slater Mill, on the Blackstone ...
Picture of the Slater Mill, on the Blackstone River, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rhode Island does not have a national park, but does have a rich historical background that is honored in federal lands. The Roger Williams National Memorial pays tribute to the man who founded Rhode Island. He came to the area to seek religious freedom. The memorial is located in Providence with Interstate 95 to the west and Interstate 195 to the south. Exhibits are available at the center and the park is available for walks. Touro Synagogue National Historical Site is in Newport, which is not near any interstate. The closest one to the area is Interstate 195. This site is the oldest synagogue in the United States and is known for its beautiful architecture.

English: Touro synagogue in Newport (Rhode Isl...
English: Touro synagogue in Newport (Rhode Island)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blackstone River Valley has two designations. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, which commemorates the success of Samuel Slater's spinning cotton mill, is east of Providence and Interstate 95 near the Massachusetts border. The area is also honored by the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. This section of Rhode Island has been called the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Biking and hiking as well as water sports are available. The Washington-Romchambeau National Historic Trail runs through nine states and DC. The trail runs east-west through the center of the state.

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