Link:An Educator's Guide to the Blackstone Valley

Historical Societies - Rhode Island

American French Genealogical Society
78 Earle St Woonsocket RI 02895 401-765-6141

Blackstone Valley Historical Society
Northgate Toll House Old Louisquisset Pike, 1873 Old Louisquisett Pike (RI State Route 246) Lincoln, RI
President: Patricia A. Armitage 401-725-2847
Our mailing address is:  P. O. Box 125  Lincoln, R. I.  02865

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North Gate, built in 1807, originally served as a tollhouse for the Louisquisset Turnpike Company and as a hotel and grange hall in the mid-1800ís On site is a library with holdings pertaining to the Blackstone Valley, a small museum room with early 18th century furniture. Recent grants were given for:

  • To repaint the Arnold Bakery in its original yellow color.
  • To refurbish the foyer of North Gate, the Society's headquarters. The foyer area is the oldest part of the building, dating to around 1807.
  • To upgrade the former Lime Rock Volunteer Fire Department Station. The fire house, now the Dick and Anne Buckley Museum, houses displays on the fire department, the former Lime Rock Grange, and the lime stone industry.


Burrillville Historic & Preservation Society
c/o 515 Reservoir Rd PO Box 93 Pascoag RI 02859 401-568-5777 Fax: 401-568-2551 ext 283
Betty Mencucci

Central Falls Historic District Commission
c/o 86 Summit Street Central Falls RI 02863 401-831-0062 Fax: 401-728-0499

Cumberland Historic District Commission
c/o P.O.Box 7415 Cumberland RI 02864 David Balfour 401-333-6293 

Glocester Heritage Society
1181 Main Street, Box 745 Chepachet RI 02814 Barbara Kissack 401-568-1866 
Edna Kent, Glocester Historian

Glocester Historic District Commission
c/o 1241 Putnam Pike Chepachet RI 02814 Chris Harkness 401-568-5457 

Historic Central Falls, Inc.
c/o 12 Almond Street Lincoln RI 02865 President Mariana Bauman 401-722-9449 Fax: 401-728-1395

Historical Society of Smithfield
127 Pleasant View Avenue Esmond RI 02917 Donald Schma 401-232-7564

North Smithfield Historic District Commission
c/o PO Box 996 Slatersville RI 02876 Peter Brissette 401-765-0609 

Pawtucket Historic District Commission
175 Main Street Pawtucket RI 02860 401-724-5200

Preservation Society of Pawtucket
67 Park Place Pawtucket RI 02860 President Janet Zwolinski

Smithfield Historic District Commission
c/o 16 Pleasant View Avenue Greenville RI 02828 Michael Robinson 401-949-2321

Woonsocket Historic District Commission
c/o 42 Cady Street Woonsocket RI 02895 Norbert Groschowski 401-769-6434

Woonsocket Historical Society
563 South Main Street Woonsocket RI 02895 Thomas Phyllis 401-769-9846