BVHS’s Annual Tour of Cogswell Tower

6:30 pm, June 28, 2017

Cogswell Tower
Cogswell Tower. Photo by Dan Bethel

Bob Ferri will give a tour of Cogswell Tower. We will climb up behind the clock, and also visit the grotto beneath the tower. We will meet at the Jenks Park front entrance at 580 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI. 02863 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.

This tour is free and all are welcome.  Please join us.


The Smith-Appleby House has an exhibit entitled A History of the Esmond Mills, 1909-1948: An interactive exhibit of mill memorabilia, featuring the extensive private collection of Sandra Achille.  The exhibit is open June 17th, 11:00 am-4:00 pm; June 21st, 5:00-8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, June 24, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Also,  check out the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park’s  free summer Ranger Walkabouts.  The following is from their calendar of events.

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Ranger Walkabout: A Landscape with a View – Mills, Canals, Railroads & Organizers.

Location: Monument Square, Blackstone, MA 01504.  Parking:  in the new Blackstone Greenway parking lot

Grab your best walking shoes and join us for a “Walk with a View” as we enjoy the summer evening and take a look at a landscape contorted to meet the needs of a growing community and a growing nation.  From the development of early mills to building a canal, then a railroad, to building a community, a hike along the just completed section of the Blackstone Greenway will reveal a lot about a growing America.

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Getting America Moving: Trains and Canals.

Location: 49 Central Street, across the street from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Millville, MA 01529 Parking:  in MA-DCR Blackstone Greenway parking lot on Central Street Millville, MA

A good evening walk will take us deep into the development of a regional transportation system.  Hidden deep in the woods along the Blackstone River, we’ll stroll along the top of the Millville Lock and see the connection between a canal tow path and the railroad tracks. We’ll also discover how a Bikeway becomes an outstanding preservation tool.

Wear your good hiking/walking shoes for we will be getting off the Bikeway to walk down to the river over woodland, often uneven, trail.