Blackstone River Valley
Blackstone River Valley

River Bend Farm & Visitor Center

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State Parks & Recreation

 

 

 

 

River Bend Farm is a Visitor's center as well as a Heritage State Park, created out of the former Voss farm, and located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge which extends into Northbridge, Millville and Blackstone, too.

There are trails, picnic areas, canoe access, watchable wildlife, interpretive tours, special programs and even Sunday summer concerts. The Visitor Center is open daily during daylight hours offering tourism literature and often, a park ranger. There are very special events during the year, including the Colonial Muster weekend in October and much more.

River Bend Farm is a great place to roam/kayak/hike and view the scenic confluence of the old Blackstone Canal, the old arch bridge, the Rice City Pond and the old Stanley Woolen Mill down the canal path.

Val Stegemoen, the main park ranger is a wealth of knowledge on almost every subject - from geocaching to trails to history and much more.

SPECIAL PLACES: Kelly House / Purgatory / Waters Farm / Manchaug / Willard Clock / Asa Waters / Hassanamessit / Upton Beehive Chamber / The Forge / Chestnut Mtg House / Quaker Mtg House / St. Ann's Arts & Cultural Center Old Armories / Firsts / Dorr Rebellion / Pascoag Riverwalk / Daniels Farm / Blackstone Gorge / Millville Lock / Ironstone School / St Francis Orphanage / Indian Burial Ground / Hassanamessit / Slater Mill / Blackstone Canal / Lime Rock / St Brigid's Church / Vietnam Memorial / EN Jenckes General Store / Lookout Rock /   RI Outdoor Sculpture / Worcester Markers / Vaillaincourt Folk Art / Spaightwood Galleries / Daniels Farm / Walking Tours / Grafton Common / Douglas Hoop Barn /

SPECIAL EVENTS: Dragonboat Races / Footsteps in History / Autumnfest / Octoberfest / Greenway Challenge / Maple Sugaring / Races / Canalfest / Indian Powwow / Grafton Arts Festival / Colonial Muster / Trades Fair / Car Cruises / Fall Farm Days / Celtic Festival / Chain of Lights /

But the Valley's history, attractions and recreational fun go much deeper than the American Industrial revolution. Its ancestors helped shaped the Nation.  Enjoy some of  these unique, yet authentic stories and characters of the past:

Shays Rebellion - Lydia Taft - Indian Burial Ground - Ironstone School - Roger Williams

Chestnut Meeting House - King Philip's War Mumma Dudley - Nipmucs

Vaillancourt Folk Art - Upton's Hidden Treasure - John Hazeltine

Bud Gurney & Dorothea Waters - Stanley Woolen Mill - Al Consigli

A Short Blackstone Canal History - Winter's Gift - Colonial Gardens

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Dairy Farms

The Ghost of Tarkiln - Gun Making in the Valley - Not Just About Casinos

NATURE Articles: Gray Fox   Lost Grandeur   Hibernation   Birding    ACEC   Land Trusts

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