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One Square Mile Burrillville: Historic Harrisville, An Audio Walking Tour

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Want to take a trip through history with your own personal tour guide? Or better yet, want to send some relatives visiting for the holidays on an advent...

Want to take a trip through history with your own personal tour guide? Or better yet, want to send some relatives visiting for the holidays on an adventure? Try our audio walking tour of historic Harrisville, one of the main villages in the town of Burrillville.

Find out what it was like to work in a woolen mill in the late 1800s, meet the industrialist who embraced profit-sharing and paid vacations before most others had even heard of such practices, and follow the rise and fall of a town whose fate has been intertwined with the textile industry - until now.

You can download the audio for the tour to your smart phone or MP3 player, or simply listen to it, right here. (Look for the download button in the upper right hand corner.) An excerpt of the walking tour aired on RIPR earlier this week.

Check out the map below of our route, with descriptions of each stop on the tour. And if you can't make it to Harrisville now, enjoy the slideshow.

The tour is less than half a mile (.4 miles, to be exact!), and the audio is about 20 minutes.

Let us know what you think!

Tinkham Lane, named for William Tinkham, a mill owner, runs from the Clocktower apartments, through the parking lot, and meets Main St.
Mill Pond, in the village of Harrisville, was once the flowing Clear River. A dam was installed to harnass the river's power for textile mills.
The stones of the dam on Mill Pond are visible when water levels are low.
The Assembly Theater holds plays and other performances.
Front of the Assembly Theater, right next to Mill Pond
Your tour guide, Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society.
Pedestrian bridge crossing the Clear River, near the dam.
River walk, next to the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, looking ahead to the newly redeveloped Clocktower Apartments.
On the river walk, with a view of the library to the right.
Approaching 180 Tinkham Lane, the Clocktower Apartments. This is the site of the former Stillwater Mill complex.
This clock tower is part of the original Stillwater Mill complex, now an apartment building on Tinkham Lane.
Farmers' market pavilion, across from the Clocktower apartments and the new Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library.
Stillwater House was once a tavern, then a boarding house, and is now private apartments. Austin T. Levy bought the building in the 1920s to turn it into a community center.
The former Loom and Shuttle Inn, at the corner of Main St. and East Ave. Around the time of the Civil War, there was a dance hall on the second floor.
The First Universalist Church, on Main St. in downtown Harrisville, was originally built in the gothic style. But Austin T. Levy spearheaded a facelift in 1933 to make it look more colonial.
The First Universalist Church was built in 1886.
A sign marks the site of the James Burrill Jr. memorial, and Austin T. Levy's grave.
Grave of Austin T. Levy, industrialist and town benefactor.
A book about Austin T. Levy, by Kenneth Proudfoot.
Pedestrian bridge crossing the Clear River, near the dam.
Pedestrian bridge crossing the Clear River, near the dam.
River walk, next to the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, looking ahead to the newly redeveloped Clocktower Apartments.
River walk, next to the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, looking ahead to the newly redeveloped Clocktower Apartments.
Mill Pond, in the village of Harrisville, was once the flowing Clear River. A dam was installed to harnass the river's power for textile mills.
Mill Pond, in the village of Harrisville, was once the flowing Clear River. A dam was installed to harnass the river's power for textile mills.
The First Universalist Church, on Main St. in downtown Harrisville, was originally built in the gothic style. But Austin T. Levy spearheaded a facelift in 1933 to make it look more colonial.
The First Universalist Church, on Main St. in downtown Harrisville, was originally built in the gothic style. But Austin T. Levy spearheaded a facelift in 1933 to make it look more colonial.
A book about Austin T. Levy, by Kenneth Proudfoot.
A book about Austin T. Levy, by Kenneth Proudfoot.
Your tour guide, Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society.
Your tour guide, Betty Mencucci, president of the Burrillville Historical and Preservation Society.
Tinkham Lane, named for William Tinkham, a mill owner, runs from the Clocktower apartments, through the parking lot, and meets Main St.
Tinkham Lane, named for William Tinkham, a mill owner, runs from the Clocktower apartments, through the parking lot, and meets Main St.
The Assembly Theater holds plays and other performances.
The Assembly Theater holds plays and other performances.
Farmers' market pavilion, across from the Clocktower apartments and the new Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library.
Farmers' market pavilion, across from the Clocktower apartments and the new Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library.
On the river walk, with a view of the library to the right.
On the river walk, with a view of the library to the right.
Grave of Austin T. Levy, industrialist and town benefactor.
Grave of Austin T. Levy, industrialist and town benefactor.
A sign marks the site of the James Burrill Jr. memorial, and Austin T. Levy's grave.
A sign marks the site of the James Burrill Jr. memorial, and Austin T. Levy's grave.
This clock tower is part of the original Stillwater Mill complex, now an apartment building on Tinkham Lane.
This clock tower is part of the original Stillwater Mill complex, now an apartment building on Tinkham Lane.
The stones of the dam on Mill Pond are visible when water levels are low.
The stones of the dam on Mill Pond are visible when water levels are low.
Front of the Assembly Theater, right next to Mill Pond
Front of the Assembly Theater, right next to Mill Pond
Approaching 180 Tinkham Lane, the Clocktower Apartments. This is the site of the former Stillwater Mill complex.
Approaching 180 Tinkham Lane, the Clocktower Apartments. This is the site of the former Stillwater Mill complex.
The First Universalist Church was built in 1886.
The First Universalist Church was built in 1886.
Plaque with James Burrill Jr.'s likeness. Burrill was Rhode Island's attorney general and, later, a U.S. Senator.
Plaque with James Burrill Jr.'s likeness. Burrill was Rhode Island's attorney general and, later, a U.S. Senator.
Stillwater House was once a tavern, then a boarding house, and is now private apartments. Austin T. Levy bought the building in the 1920s to turn it into a community center.
Stillwater House was once a tavern, then a boarding house, and is now private apartments. Austin T. Levy bought the building in the 1920s to turn it into a community center.
The former Loom and Shuttle Inn, at the corner of Main St. and East Ave. Around the time of the Civil War, there was a dance hall on the second floor.
The former Loom and Shuttle Inn, at the corner of Main St. and East Ave. Around the time of the Civil War, there was a dance hall on the second floor.