Fodor's Expert Review Slater Mill Museum
Concord and Lexington may legitimately lay claim to what Ralph Waldo Emerson called "the shot heard round the world" in 1776, but Pawtucket's Slater Mill provided the necessary economic shot in the arm. Built in 1793, this National Historic Landmark was the first successful water-powered spinning mill in America; it touched off the industrial revolution that helped secure America's sovereign independence in early days of the republic. The museum complex explores this second revolution with expert interpretive guides dressed in period clothing, who demonstrate fiber-to-yarn and yarn-to-fabric processes and discuss how industrialization forever changed this nation. On-site are collections of hand-operated and -powered machinery, a 120-seat theater, two gift shops, a gallery, and a recreational park.