Slater's Mark: Samuel Slater and the Founding of Webster  

It was through the efforts of Samuel Slater, Father of the American Cotton Industry, that Webster, Massachusetts grew, prospered, and eventually became its own town. Before his life was over, he would own or control nearly 90% of this small New England town, which was comprised of three small mill villages. This web site is designed to provide a brief history of Slater's role in the development of the Webster and then a tour of various sites in town connected with Samuel Slater. I hope you enjoy it.

This was created for a course entitled “The Industrial Revolution in New England” under the supervision of Ray Boswell, a National Park Service Ranger with the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor and part-time instructor at Worcester State College. I encourage you to email me with any comments or suggestions at

Site Last Updated: August 23, 2003.


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