The Legacy Campaign: Reimagining Our Future

Honoring-Our-Future

Celebrating almost 40 years in the Blackstone River Valley!

The Blackstone Heritage Corridor shares inspiring stories of cultural evolution in partnership with dozens of local organizations and communities. Through signage, interpretive panels, brochures, exhibits and five heritage centers, we honor the past as we look to the future.

In a 2021 survey we conducted, hundreds of people shared a top priority: completing the multi-use trail. Other goals included more support of our local partners, improving signage throughout the corridor, and creating more opportunities to contribute through volunteering. With that critical feedback, we have envisioned how to reimagine the important work of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and invite you to join us.

Bikers on trail

These are our priorities for the future:

  • To advocate for the completion of the well-traveled, multi-use trail used for biking and hiking between Worcester and Providence.  The natural treasures of the corridor are tremendous assets to the quality of life here. Our programs provide cherished experiences for all: families and visitors, including people with disabilities and veterans.
  • It is critical to replace, update, unify, and add to signs, information panels, digital materials, and heritage center exhibits that provide access for visitors and local residents to engage in hundreds of opportunities that share our stories and celebrate our rich history.
  • By placing more volunteers in the parks found in the corridor, we will provide more access and support for visitors and local residents to enjoy our beautiful greenspaces. We can do this by investing in new tools, uniforms, and training to provide more meaningful ways to be part of the corridor.
  • There are over 60 nonprofit organizations working separately to protect the beautiful and historic Blackstone River Valley, not to mention municipalities and businesses. By expanding our community partner grants program, we can help our partners create and improve amenities and storytelling to enhance the historic, natural, and recreational treasures of the Blackstone Valley for even more access and enjoyment.
  • As our federal support decreases, we are looking to replace that funding gap, and increase our own investment in expanding the important services needed to sustain all of the resources in the corridor by amplifying the impact of our critical services of preserving, promoting, and celebrating the Blackstone River Valley.

Join us in working with community partners to provide strong leadership to preserve, promote, and celebrate the Corridor's historic, natural, and recreational resources for current and future generations.