Travel along Lincoln's Great Road on Sept. 28

Travel along Lincoln's Great Road on Sept. 28

LINCOLN - Six sites along Lincoln's historic Great Road will host special tours and displays with a focus on travel and transportation on Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of the "Travel Along Great Road" program.

All sites will be open free to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, which will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Take tours, explore the area and discover how residents and visitors traveled about from the 17th century to today. Learn about travel along Great Road at Valentine Whitman Jr. House, 1147 Great Road, and Historic New England's Arnold House, 487 Great Road.

See blacksmithing demonstrations at Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, 669 Great Road, and learn about the Blackstone Canal at Hearthside, 677 Great Road. See a rare surviving mounting stone at Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, where a book swap will also be held.

The Blackstone Valley Historical Society, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, will host an exhibit on "The Train Wreck That Changed Time," featuring artifacts, articles and photographs from the Valley Falls train crash in 1853. Visitors will have a chance to vote for their theory of what caused the crash that took 13 lives, and learn how this event impacted railroad timekeeping.

Tours of North Gate Toll House and the Arnold's Lonsdale Bakery will be offered at the Blackstone Valley Historical Society site. Apple desserts and beverages will be available for purchase.

Parking is available, on the street or in a lot, at each site.

Some of the sites are also participants in the Smithsonian's Museum Day; visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday for more information.

For more information about "Travel Along Great Road," call 401-728-9696.