The leaves are at their colorful peak, the air is crisp and the Blackstone Valley is rolling out the welcome mat for visitors to explore its history and culture through the month long Footsteps in History celebration. There are plenty of outdoor activities for people to leave their own footsteps in the Valley the weekend of Oct. 16 and 17. From 7 to 9 p.m.

Oct. 16, enjoy kid-friendly ghost (and other) stories beneath the night sky in Uxbridge at West Hill Dam park’s Halloween Story Campfire. Park Ranger Viola Bramel brings a selection of books for the audience to choose from, and tells tales while families roast marshmallows around a campfire. “Some kids come in pajamas, some lie on blankets,” Ms. Bramel said. “It’s a great night under the stars.”

The campfire is held at the picnic area by the swimming hole. In case of heavy rain, it will be moved indoors with hot chocolate instead. Novice to professional photographers visit the Valley’s most scenic spots and share expert photography tips at the Waterfalls & Vistas Fall Foliage Tour offered by LaMich Productions, Oct. 16.

The bus tour, which departs from Walmart in Whitinsville at 6:30 a.m., includes stops at Manchaug Falls, Whittier and Waters Farms, River Bend Farm, Linwood and Crown and Eagle mills, Blackstone Gorge, and the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, R.I. Dinner at the 1800 Stage Coach Tavern on Main in Chepachet, R.I., will feature a lively performance by Patricia Perry on the history of witches. Cost of the tour, including dinner, is $85. “There will be opportunities for vistas (f-stop explanation), waterfalls (slow shutters for cotton candy effects), macro (close-ups), portraits (models in various places) and so much more,” said Michelle Fontaine, tour organizer and a longtime volunteer with the National Park Service. Photographers on tour will also contribute to a free digital album for nonprofit organizations.

On Oct. 17, the National Park Service offers a free, one-hour walking tour of Hopedale, a mill village, starting at 1 p.m. “Hopedale started out as a utopian, religious community, but it kept growing because the textile industry was growing,” said National Park Service consultant Ginny Leslie. The tour begins at the Hopedale Unitarian Church, 65 Hopedale St., and explores the houses, civic buildings and parklands that developed around the Draper mill, which was America’s largest manufacturer of looms. Another free walking tour will be at 3 p.m.

Oct. 23 in Whitinsville, the largest and most intensely developed mill village in the Blackstone Valley. Meet at the Whitinsville Social Library, 17 Church St. Footsteps in History is presented by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Collaborative, including the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission.

For a complete listing of more events in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, visit http://www.footstepsinhistory.com.

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