Since the first sawmill was built near Woonsocket Falls in the 1660's, Woonsocket's history has been inseparably tied to its location on the Blackstone River:
- Growth of an Industrial City - Learn how Woonsocket became one of the country's great textile manufacturing centers.
- Mill Villages - Visit Woonsocket Falls, Bernon, Jenckesville, Hamlet, Social and Globe - Woonsocket's original mill villages.
- Growth of Main Street - See how the mill villages of Woonsocket merged into a single urban area with Main Street at its core.
- Getting Around - Ride the wagons, canal boats, trains and trolleys of nineteenth century Woonsocket.
- Famous People - Meet the men who changed Woonsocket's early history.
- Historic Neighborhoods - Visit some of Woonsocket's important residential neighborhoods.
- Water Power - See how the Blackstone River powered Woonsocket's textile industry for over a hundred years.
- Mill Construction - Tour some of Woonsocket's historic stone buildings and learn about early mill construction.
- Wringers, Rubber Shoes and Machines - Textiles were not the only products fueling Woonsocket's growth in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- French-Canadian Culture - By the early twentieth century, Woonsocket was the most "French" city in the United States.
- Industrial Trade Union - Join Woonsocket's most powerful labor union.
Be sure to check out the Woonsocket Harris Public Library Historical Picture Collection.
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