Themed history tours and exhibitions, art exhibits and festivals, fiber and textile art classes, live music performances, paranormal investigations and more – Slater Mill offers visitors a variety of activities and perspectives from which to appreciate the site in a relevant and contemporary way.


I Samuel Slater – video art projection and mill-lumination

November 16-18, 2016

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Public art projection celebrates the immigrant Samuel Slater. Watch him as he browses through time exploring the innovation that followed his lead.
Creative by Ana Flores, videography and editing by Kris Craig, and annimation by Sofia Warren.
Funded by a RI Foundation Centennial Grant. Additional support from the National Park Service, RISCA, City of Pawtucket and Neocorp.
FREE.  Projected onto the exteriors of Slater and Wilkinson Mills from 5pm to midnight.


SLATER MILL JAZZ – Fall 2016 series


December 4 | GEORGE GARZONE Trio

Legendary artist, producer, A pioneer of Free Jazz in the Northeast, and the legendary co-founder of The Fringe, George Garzone has influenced thousands of emerging artists in his 30+ year Berklee career, and has performed for hundreds of thousands of jazz fans worldwide.

$15 ($13 for OSMA Members)    Buy Tickets


Showtime 7:30 p.m. (Doors 7 p.m.)

For advance tickets, call 401-725-8638 x.100, or visit

Supported by:
RI State Council on the Arts, City of Pawtucket, Carter Family Charitable Trust, and the Old Slater Mill Association

Fiber in the Present Tense 
December 7, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Presented in cooperation with the
Surface Design Association MA-RI Chapter

Opening reception Wed., Dec. 7, 6 – 8 p.m.

Gallery hours Wed. – Friday, 1 – 4 p.m. and by appointment

(Gallery is closed the week between Christmas and New Years Day.)




~ Walking Tours return in the spring of 2017 ~


Guided Walking Tour:

~ 1670’s Pawtucket: The Jenks Settlement ~

Saturdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5 & 12; 11:00 a.m.

Nathaniel Jenks House, East End - COMPRESSED

Join local historian Joshua Choiniere for our popular one-mile guided walk that explores the founding of Pawtucket, Rhode Island by Joseph Jenks Jr. in the 17th century, and the establishment of an ironworks community in the town.

For 120 years prior to the arrival of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket was a thriving artisan community of ironworkers and ship builders, settled originally by Joseph Jenks, Jr. who left his father’s ironworks in Saugus, MA to establish a forge in Rhode Island. The tour explores the sites of the first forge, the homesteads of the Jenks family members, and other related structures. 

$5 per person. Suitable for all ages, but most appropriate for ages 12 and up. Requires some up-hill walking through downtown Pawtucket. Comfortable footwear recommended. 75 minutes. Light rain or shine.



2016 Lectures & Events at Slater Mill

Free & open to the public


Saturday, August 20; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Statewide Master Gardener Project Open House.  Includes the Sylvanus Brown House Garden at the Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark.  Free!  For more info, click HERE.

Saturday, August 27 (all day, during SAM FEST)
URI Master Gardeners welcome visitors to the garden for free soil testing, advice and tours.


About the site:  In 2014, the URI Master Gardeners adopted the Sylvanus Brown House garden at Slater Mill as a Community Project. Led by volunteers Beverly Burgess and Linda McDaniel, the garden now grows herbs, vegetables, fibers, and ornamentals typical of an 18th century American garden.  Our garden feeds the hungry, and educates students and the public.




Join us on June for a spring celebration on the Blackstone River, in support of enrichment education at Slater Mill.

A Grande Fete by the River
Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:30 – 10:30 p.m.


Our annual fundraiser in support of our Educational Scholarship Program, which provides free and reduced-rate admissions for all student visitors.

Live music and dancing, with Klem Klimek’s “Buddy System,” featuring Milt Reeder
Illuminated grounds and evening factory access
Locally-sourced Latin specialty foods
Refreshing libations
Clever silent auction and wine grab bags


We thank our generous sponsors to date:


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Dr. Peter Baziotis, Treiber Family Foundation, AAA Southern New England, ai designs, and Chatterton Insurance


And our Educational Scholarship Fund benefactors:  Alice I. Sullivan Foundation, The Felicia Fund, the June Rockwell Levy Foundation, Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, and the City of Pawtucket CDBG