Telling the Story of Chocolate Manufacturing in America

Corner of Charles Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Central Falls, RI, USA

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Chocolate Mill Overlook is a park located on the banks of the Blackstone River in Central Falls, Rhode Island that celebrates one of North America's earliest water-powered chocolate mills. Founded roughly a decade before Slater Mill, the William Wheat Chocolate Mill provided its products to not only nearby citizens but also to the military and mariners as medicinal sustenance. As part of the industrial base of Pawtucket Falls, the mill's mechanics and skilled labor set the foundation for Samuel Slater's mill in 1790.

Unfortunately, the mill was damaged by a storm in 1804 and was demolished in the ensuing decades. However, the dam built for the mill is still extant in the Blackstone River, as is the original foundation of the mill. While there is hope to one day rebuild the mill and create a working chocolate factory/museum on its original site, for now the BVTC is celebrating the mill by creating the Chocolate Mill Overlook on land that sits proximate to the mill.

The Chocolate Mill Overlook provides waterfront access to this section of the Blackstone River, including a stone stairway that will allow kayak/canoe access. It also includes a rain garden to filter street water run-off, re-situates a veteran's memorial to make it more accessible, and creates bus and car parking for school tours and veterans' visits. Additionally, the project re-landscaped the site to highlight the state's largest champion Cottonwood tree and contains four cherry trees that were part of the centennial celebration of Japan's gift of cherry trees to various US cities.

The Japanese consul was an honored guest as part of the unveiling celebration on May 19th, 2012.

NEW: Chocolate Mill Bridge Lighting Final Report Download

View the story of the William Wheat Chocolate Factory and surrounding area by viewing these interpretive panels.

Chocolate Mill Overlook Final Report (PDF)

Paddle on the Blackstone at Chocolate Mill Overlook

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