Blackstone is a town in Massachusetts that was first settled in 1662 and was officially incorporated in 1845. It is located on the southern border of Central Massachusetts in the heart of New England. Much of Blackstone remains undeveloped and it is known as a quiet and rustic town. It's population of less than 10,000 gives off the small-town feel, while residents embrace the town's only stop light as its claim to modern civilization.
Blackstone is accessible from most of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. From the North, take 1-93 S and I-95 S. From the South, take I-295 N or I-95 N and RI-146 N. From the west, take I-84 E.
T.F. Green Airport in Warwick (Rhode Island) and Logan International Airport in Boston (Massachusetts).
The most common way of transportation in Blackstone is by car or taxi. Biking and walking are reasonable alternatives. There are no car rental services in town, however nearby cities and towns have many of the major rental corporations.
- Bob's Transportation Services, Bellingham, MA +1 (508) 883-8333
- Hopkinton Taxi, Milford, MA +1 (508) 478-6008
- Blackstone Gorge, parking lot on your left off of County Street.
The Blackstone River, which runs through most of Massachusetts and some of Rhode Island, makes its way through the town of Blackstone. The River was previously used as a means of transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. The Blackstone Gorge is a deep ravine that has a steep waterfall. This historic site attracts families and couples who sit at the picnic tables for lunch and watch the river pass.
Blackstone is a town that thrives in the fall season with the many apple orchards and farms. The changing of the leaves in the autumn weather is a special site.
Blackstone attracts tourists from accross the Blackstone Valley and various New England states and is known for it's historical landmarks.
- Blackstone Historical Museum, 23 Main St, ☎ +1-508-876-9159. Features mostly artifacts from the towns in the Blackstone Valley, most exclusively Blackstone and Millville, of historical industry/mill life, the canal, railroad, schools, and farm life. edit
Although Blackstone is too rural to host an entertainment industry, the surrounding towns provide plenty of fun activities.
- Pinz Entertainment, 110 S Main St, Milford, MA +1 (508) 473-6611. Known for moderately priced bowling and laser tag. Popular for youth and families.
- Southwick's Wild Animal Farm, (Seasonal) 2 Southwick St, Mendon, MA +1 (508) 883-9182. Surprising amounts of animals for a fair price. "Skyfari" provides a unique zoo experience as it takes you on a ski-life style ride over all of the animal exhibits.
- Mendon Drive-In, (Seasonal) 35 Milford St, Mendon, MA +1 (508) 473-1092. Great selection of movies. Pay by the car.
- Regal Cinemas Bellingham Stadium 14, 259 Hartford Ave, Bellingham, MA +1 (508) 966-5096
Blackstone features many privately owned and unique shopping options.
- The Tole Booth, 129 Main St, ☎ +1-508-876-8900. This shop is known for its county-style items and gifts. Much of the products are hand-made and custom-made. Many products represent the old-American style aspects of early Blackstone settlers. edit
- White and White, 19 Saint Paul St, Blackstone, MA 01504 +1 (508) 883-8670. Unique store that specializes in the creation of authentic Native American Indian clothing.
- Flamingo Flowers, 63 Main St, Blackstone, MA 01504 +1 (508) 876-5599. This shop is the only full-service florist in town. Also creates gift baskets, holiday specialty items, candles, baloons, and other various items.
Although Blackstone is too small to host a retail shopping plaza, there are few within a 15 minute drive.
- Lincoln Mall, 622 George Washington Hwy #310, Lincoln, RI +1 401 333-5660. 6.6 mi SE of Blackstone. Includes stores such as Target, Dollar Tree, Ocean State Job Lot, Payless Shoe Source, Famous Footwear, AT&T, and many others.
- Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, 1 Premium Outlet Blvd, Wrentham, MA +1 508 384-0600. 9.8 mi E of Blackstone. The nearest up-scale shopping plaza. Wrentham Village hosts Banana Republic Factory, Barneys New York, Bebe, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, J.Crew, Lacoste, Nike, Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sony, Timberland, Williams-Sonoma and more.
Chain restaurants including Subway and Dunkin' Donuts are available in addition to some local options.
- Roast House Restaurant & Pub, 3 Farm St, ☎ +1-508-883-7700. Good hometown/Applebee's style food. Fair portions and reasonable prices. edit
- Hunan Place, 3 Main St # C, ☎ +1-508-883-8822. Blackstone's only source of Chinese/Japanese cuisine. In-restaurant dining or take-out available. edit
- Paradise Cafe, 97 Main St, ☎ +1-508-876-2727. Formerly a breakfast-only restaurant, Paradise Cafe now offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a 50's style diner. edit
- Holbrooks Pub & Grub, 200 Main St, ☎ +1-508-876-2680. Popular with the locals. Large assortment of beer and wine with draft specials on the weekends with live music and DJ's occasionally on Friday nights. edit
There is no lodging in town, although the nearby towns of Woonsocket and Franklin have lodging available.
Visit Providence, Boston, Newport, or Worcester.