The Pawtucket Post
Township, Providence County)
was established on January 22, 1807 according to
USPS records but according to Merolla,
Jackson and Crowther - "Rhode
Island Postal History - The Post Offices"
published in 1977' it was established on
July 1, 1807. The first Postmaster was Otis
Tiffany. The Post Office is currently in operation under
Postmaster Jenny A. Mckay-Fazzina appointed on
January 11, 2003.
was founded in 1671 near the falls of the
Blackstone River and is the site of the Slater Mill.
The original Slater
Mill was built in 1793, it's dimensions
were 29 feet by 42 feet. Constructed of wood, it resembled a
period farmhouse and the long narrow shape of the building
facilitated the transfer of power from the water wheel to the
textile machinery. The basic design of the Slater Mill was
repeated throughout Rhode Island and New England on later
The Old Slater Mill is now
used as a museum that showcases the history of textile
manufacturing in America. There are 24 machines in the mill
built between 1775 and 1922 which demonstrate the process of
turning cotton into cloth. The Mill also includes a small movie
theater and film history of the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Slater and his brother
also established the town of Slatersville on the
Branch River in North Smithfield, RI. The town
included the Slatersville Mill; the largest mill in the country
during that time. The town contained tenement houses for
workers, the mill owner's home and a company store.
Pawtucket continued to
develop it's textile industry during the 1800s along with
machine and iron working shops and it became an important
manufacturing center. Currently Pawtucket produces textile
products, Jewelry, silverware and metal products. The current
population is over 73,000.