Pawtucket sits in Providence county and its’ unusual name comes from the Indian words for “at the falls.”
Known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Pawtucket, Rhode Island has many historic sites including the Slater Hill Museum on the Blackstone River. Samuel Slater brought British textile technology to America, and consequently he earned the nickname “Slater the Traitor” in Britain. He built a cotton spinning mill in 1793 and Pawtucket Falls provided the power. He eventually had thirteen spinning mills and tenant farms and many company towns sprang up around them. By the 1800’s, many other entrepreneurs joined Slater in this community.
You can revisit Pawtucket’s historical past by traveling the “cultural mile.” It includes over 30 historical features and Pawtucket’s Downtown National Register Historic District. Pawtucket was the second-largest city in the state and the downtown area includes 50 buildings offering architectural styles from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. Buildings of note include the Elks Lodge Building, the Pawtucket Times Building, the Pawtucket Post Office, and the Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library.
Pawtucket also has a rich baseball history and is home to the Pawtucket Red Sox, the minor league baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. McCoy Stadium is a great place to take in a great game of ball; it’s affordable, and fun for the entire family.
Pawtucket also offers a glimmer of the Art Deco era at the Modern Diner. It’s a classic American diner housed in a vintage Sterling Streamliner. It’s on the National Register for Historic Places and offers everything from breakfast to burgers, as well as 30 daily specials.
Do you like craft beer? Pawtucket’s Foolproof Brewing Company is so sure you’ll love their offerings that they invite you to sample their beer on Friday night and weekend afternoons for a nominal fee. They include Peanut Butter Porter, Raspberry IPA, and Robust Porter, and more. Our personal favorite, The Bucket Brewery, offers taproom tours and on Thursdays you can watch a movie on their big screen. If you like music with your beer, you should check out the Bucket Brewery’s Friday Night Sound Check. Visit our Partners Page for a coupon that will get you an extra beer sample if you bring a non-perishable item for the RI Food Bank . Crooked Current Brewery brags they are the smallest brewery in the smallest state, but they offer big name brews like Kickback American Wheat, Immorality Pale Ale, and Plunderdome Pumpkin Maple Ale.
Art and culture abounds in Pawtucket. Take in a live musical performance often featuring local talent at The Met. Watch a performance and amble through the art gallery at Machines With Magnets. Stop by the Hope Artiste Village to see the work of painters, photographers and craftspeople, have a freshly brewed coffee, and enjoy the unique ambiance.
No visit to Pawtucket would be complete without a stroll through picturesque Slater Memorial Park. It is the oldest and largest park in Pawtucket with bike paths, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, a carousel, a dog park, and a pond. It’s the ideal place to catch a breath of fresh air and take in a bit of nature. You can also find several golf courses in the area, kayaking, canoeing, and an ice skating arena. Pawtucket has something for everyone.