Rhode Island was heavily involved in the Industrial Revolution. Thomas Somers reproduced textile machines and helped produce the Beverly Cotton Manufactory. Samuel Slater set up Slater Mill in 1793, using waterpower of the Blackstone River to power his cotton mill. Rhode Island was a leader in the textile industry until the Great Depression, when most factories relocated to the south. Rhode Island had been the first in a number of other areas, including the first street in America to be illuminated by gaslight, the first strike in the U.S. in which women participated, the first lunch wagon, the first nine-hole golf course, the first automobile racetrack and the first NFL game, to name a few.
This small state is rich in quilt history, and you can learn more at Rhode Island quilt shops. Rhode Island’s most trusted and accurate directory helps you find quilt shops in Rhode Island.
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