Heritage Landscape Inventories

Heritage landscapes are special places that help define the character of our communities. In the Blackstone Valley, heritage landscapes include the mill villages, farmsteads, cemeteries, parks and river corridors that, through a combination of natural and cultural resources, reflect the region’s history and contribute to its sense of place.

In the early 2000’s, Blackstone Heritage Corridor partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc. and the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission to develop an inventory of heritage landscapes in 15 communities in the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, and identify those landscapes that warrant protection to ensure the sustainable environment and culture of the Blackstone Valley.

Community participants identified a wide range of heritage landscapes, including more than 80 that lacked long-term protection. These prioritized heritage landscapes were then documented in even greater detail and strategies were developed for the protection of these high-priority landscapes.

Each community received a report that addresses town-wide preservation issues and provides specific recommendations for the high-priority landscapes. Copies of the reports and maps may be downloaded by clicking on the relevant town or map:

Burrillville, RI Report

Douglas, MA Report / Douglas, MA Landscape Map

Glocester, RI Report

Grafton, MA Report / Grafton, MA Landscape Map

Hopedale, MA Report / Hopedale Landscape Map

Leicester, MA Report / Leicester, MA Landscape Map

Lincoln, RI Report

Mendon, MA Report / Mendon, MA Landscape Map

Millbury, MA Report / Millbury, MA Landscape Map

Millville, MA Report / Millville, MA Landscape Map

North Smithfield, RI Report

Northbridge, MA Report / Northbridge, MA Landscape Map

Smithfield, RI Report

Sutton, MA Report / Sutton, MA Landscape Map

Uxbridge, MA Report / Uxbridge, MA Landscape Map