Thursday Night Walkabout series begins June 20

Thursday Night Walkabout series begins June 20

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park will offer its Thursday Night Walkabouts this summer. The Walkabouts are free public programs, offered on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., from June 20 through Aug. 29.

Each week, you will have a chance to explore a new community, or head down an unknown trail and discover some of the people and places of the Blackstone Valley.

The first walk on June 20 will be in Ashton Mill Village. The group will discuss the people that lived and worked there, and how a community formed around the mill. Later weeks will include birding in both a rural and urban landscape, a geologic history of the Blackstone River, and a tour of the Millville Lock.

The programs and starting sites for this year’s series are

• June 20: Life in Ashton Mill Village, Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln

• June 27: The War to End All Wars, Whitinsville Memorial Park, Linwood Avenue & Church Street, Whitinsville, Mass.

• July 11: Hopedale: From Commune to Company Town, Hopedale Unitarian Church, 65 Hopedale St., Hopedale, Mass.

• July 18: Reconstructing the West Mill, North Smithfield Public Library, 20 Main St., Slaterville

• July 25: Birds and Wildlife of the Blackstone, Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln

• Aug. 1: A Changing Landscape: River Bend Farm, Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park’s Visitor Center, 287 Oak St., Uxbridge, Mass.

• Aug. 8: Wildlife in an Urban Landscape, Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket

• Aug. 15: A Geologic History of the Blackstone, Captain Wilbur Kelly House Museum, 1075 Lower River Road, Lincoln

• Aug. 22: Raising the Boat: The Millville Lock, Blackstone Bikeway Parking lot, 49 Central St., Millville, Mass.

• Aug. 29: A Great Irony: Hopedale and the Civil War, Adin Ballou Park, 2 Peace St., Hopedale, Mass.

Information can be found at www.nps.gov/blrv . Contact Ranger Kevin Klyberg: Kevin_Klyberg@NPS.GOV or 401-428-3816.