Birth of American textiles

Slater Mill Historic Site showcases permanent machinery exhibitions in both Slater and Wilkinson Mills, interpreting 19th through early 20th c. factory and machine shop operations.  Sylvanus Brown House offers an architectural interpretation of 18th century life in Pawtucket, in the artisan cottage in which Samuel Slater spent his first night in the village.

Wilkinson Mill’s 16,000 pound waterwheel demonstrates waterpower, and the machine shop above shows how it is transferred to a power train, turning shafts, gears, lathes, drills, saws, and other machinery similar to what once serviced the factories. The working waterwheel is one of few of its kind in the United States today.

Temporary gallery exhibitions are installed annually inside Old Slater Mill or Sylvanus Brown House. Contemporary art, industrial history themes, and other relevant bridge present to past, and enrich the space with visual art.

Come back to this page, and view our Calendar, for updates on Slater Mill exhibitions.

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.)