We were out meandering along the Blackstone Canal, shown below, and river valley and thinking that this area was one of the most important industrial areas in the country in its day. Built in 1824, the canal opened in 1828 and, along with the Blackstone River, became central to this mill region.
One of the earliest industrialists in this area was Asa Waters (1769 - 1841), who was an early American industrialist and gunmaker in the region. Around the same time as the Blackstone Canal was being built, Asa decided to build his wife, Susan Waters, the finest house in the country, which he did from 1824 to 1829. That house still stands and is shown below (coordinates 42.190063, -71.762266).
A quick walk around the house:
Out in back:
Farther out in back is the stone cistern for the house.