||Blackstone Federated Church - For
more than 150 years, services have been held at this Church St/Mendon St
church. The Blackstone Manufacturing Co built this church as a
Congregational Church originally before becoming a Baptist Church in the
1930s. The colored glass windows were obtained form the old Universalist
Church in Woonsocket, yet the Church was burned in 1927 before being
||Northerly about 3/8 mile from the
Blackstone Federated Church is the Blackstone Cemetery. Fifty
feet east of the stone building is Welcome Farnum's gravesite.
5.10.1874. Many young people are buried here as well as soldiers (1863)
||Verry Cemetery - Going north
until you reach Lincoln Street intersection, Verry Cemetery is on the
left. A family cemetery
||BMR Cemetery - a short distance
away, in front of BMR High School is another small cemetery. In front of
second lamp post on left.
||The Friend's Mtg House and Cemetery
- continue east until you reach Lincoln Street intersection. Take a
left heading north until you reach the Elm Street merge. Take a right on
Elm Street heading southeast. On the right before Handy Road is the
Friend's Meeting House on the former Rehoboth Rd (now Elm St). This is
Blackstone's oldest public building still in its original state and
services are held sometimes where descendants of the original Quakers
||Continuing on Elm Street, just pass Bellingham Road on the left is
the Four Families Cemetery. Ross, Darling, Joslin, Marden.
||Turning around from Four Families and backtrack to Summer Street
(northwest). Take the left on Summer Street until you reach the Farm
Street intersection. Take a left onto Fram Street until you reach
Gaskill Street. St Paul's Cemetery is on the right. St Paul's
Cemetery is on a hill over looking a skating pond. Dates of the Irish
graves go back to 1865 and hometowns range from Cork, Dublin, Kilkenny,
Tipperary and Kerry. (probably brought to work on canal, etc).
OlderIrish family lots go back to 1851 under the oak tree.
Graves for Wm McCormick, soldier of Spanish-American War and French
and Polish graves, too. Rev William A Power 1837-1902, Pastor of St
Paul's Church 1870-1902.
||Continue on Gaskill Street, heading west until you reach Main
Street. At St Paul Street intersection lights, take a left on to St Paul
Street. Go past Municipal Building and Canal Street and St Paul's
Church is on right. St.Paul's Church, built in 1850 is the only
church in the U.S. to be situated in two states. The altar is located on
the Massachusetts side and a foyer entrance on the R.I. side. The Church
was destroyed on March 29, 1932 at an estimated loss of $200,000. Lawn
parties, whist parties and many other forms of fundraising occurred to
provide funds for rebuilding. One fundraiser was a supper for WW1 heroes
with a band playing and a flag raising.