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.


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May 15 | Boston Jazz All-Stars, featuring TIM RAY

This trio brings the finest and most successful Boston-based jazz musicians to Pawtucket. Legendary pianist Tim Ray, former musical director for Lyle Lovett, is joined by former Gary Burton Quintet rhythm section John Lockwood on bass and Marty Richards on drums.

$15 ($13 for OSMA Members)

Buy tickets for May 15


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

 Spring 2016 GHOST rack card

Join Slater Mill senior interpreter and nationally-known paranormal expert Carl L. Johnson for our popular, 90-minute Paranormal Investigation Tour of the Slater Mill historic site.

This program explores the 1793 Slater Mill, the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, and the Waterwheel Pit of the 1810 Wilkinson Machine Shop, on a site reputed to be one of the most haunted in America – the birthplace of industry, and an era of American transformation.


Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE by calling 401-725-8638  x. 100


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:  Hinckley Allen, Pawtucket Credit Union, Neocorp, Navigant Credit Union, Public Archaeology Laboratory, Hope Global, Treiber Family Foundation, Colorfast, AAA Southern New England, and Dr. Peter Baziotis

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

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Chair Caning, with Steve Emma
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Session #1:  April 6 – May 11 / Session #2:  May 18 – June 22


Handweaving, with Suzi Ballenger  **(Sorry…SOLD OUT for spring!)**
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
10-week session:  April 20 – June 22

Weaving Class 11.11.2014

The Art of Shibori & Innovations in Fiber, with Saberah Malik


Two intensive 3-day workshops, presented in partnership with Art League of Rhode Island

April 19 – 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
April 26 – 28, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

FOR ENROLLMENT INFORMATION, email info (at) slatermill (dot) org,
or call 401-725-8638 x.106

Trad Arts Studio is supported by the Phyllis Kimball Johnstone Foundation,
with additional sponsorship from:
TAS Sponsors 2014-15


2016 Lectures & Events at Slater Mill

Free & open to the public


Saturday, March 19;  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“Herb Gardening with an Historic Flair”
Presented by Jeff Rossi,  a Hall of Fame URI Master Gardener, and project leader for the Dr. Ruben Mason Medicinal Garden in historic Chepachet, RI.

Thursday, April 7; 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Re-creating the Sylvanus Brown House Garden
A combined presentation by Slater Mill staff (history of Sylvanus Brown House), and garden leaders  Beverly Burgess and Linda McDaniel (the first year in the garden).

Saturday, April 23; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Earth Day Garden Talks and Clean-Up
The URI Master Gardeners will offer free soil testing, seeds, as well as information and advice on seed starting, soil testing, garden preparation, and pruning in short talks on the half-hour. Slater Mill will host a site clean up day.

Saturday, June 11; 10 a.m. to Noon
Linda Hall will speak on Pollinators, and the types of flowers to which these important birds and bees are attracted.


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.

Guided walking Tour

~ 1670’s Pawtucket: The Jenks Settlement ~

Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14 & 21; 11:00 a.m.

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Join us for our popular walking tour of 1670’s Pawtucket, The Jenks Settlement follows a one-mile path through downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island, beginning an ending at Old Slater Mill, the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

For a century 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. 

Free this spring!  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.

Offered in partnership with the National Park Service, and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. 


Saturday, August 29  & Sunday, August 30
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Slater’s Art & Manufacture Festival
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
    Doug Woolverton / DW Funk All Stars
   The James Montgomery Band
           feat. Cliff Goodwin from the Joe Cocker Band

     (It’s a) Complex World, a film by Jim Wolpaw

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.:
     Jay Brunelle
     R.I. Music Hall of Famers Marty Richards & Marty Ballou, with:
           Bobby Keyes (Robin Thicke, Little Wayne)
           “Sax” Gordon Beadle

Art-making, food trucks, and festivities in Hodgson Park, aside the mighty Blackstone River at historic Slater Mill!

FREE, and open to the public!

Click here for SAMFEST2015 Vendor Application

Presented with the pARTnership and support of:
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Sam’s Birthday CLASSIC CAR SHOW & Food Truck Fest

Tuesday, June 16, 2015; 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

** Rescheduled from June 9 due to rain **

Hodgson Park, on the Slater Mill Campus

Show your classic car  to benefit a classic historic landmark, and be among an exclusive group of exhibitors for our one-night-only Sam’s Birthday Classic Car Cruise and Food Truck Fest 2015. We’re celebrating the start of summer, and the anniversary of the birth of Samuel Slater, Pawtucket’s textile innovator.  Spaces are limited. Register in advance recommended, or day-of starting at 3:30 p.m.

“Slater’s Best in Show” Trophy & $100 Cardi’s Gift Certificate
“People’s Choice” Trophy & Slater Mill gift pack

Limited-edition commemorative Dash Plaque and Slater Mill museum passes  for all car owners.

50/50 Raffle and Food Trucks!  Music by:  DJ CAR-GUY

Free & open to public spectators

Vehicle registration:
Sam’s Birthday CLASSIC CAR SHOW 2015 – Vehicle Registration Form

Sponsored by:

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And Thank You to our generous sponsors …


Slater Mill’s Annual Fundraiser, to support our
Educational Scholarship Program

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All sponsors as of 4.29.2015