A Revolutionary Idea

Cotton & silk for clothing; locomotives for travel; paper for books & writing letters; airplanes, & more. What do they have in common? They all came from the same place - Paterson, NJ.

In 1791, Paterson, America's first planned industrial city, was established, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills would rise industries that changed the face of the United States.

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Exciting upcoming events at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Great Falls Great Food Great Stories

Great Falls Great Food launches in September 2015 through a campaign with Paterson restaurants and historical "storyfronts" on Market Street.

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Mill Mile brochure

Self-guided walking tour-Download for free today!

Paterson Great Falls NHP has its own app! Listen to stories about Paterson's great history as you walk through the Historic District.

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Special events at and around Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Special Events

Throughout the year, you can enjoy the diversity Paterson has to offer through a wide variety of fun events.

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General Management Plan

Help Us Plan YOUR Park

We need your help to plan the future of this new national park. Your suggestions will determine the direction the park takes over the next 20 years.

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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge

Calling all Junior Rangers!

The park now has its own Junior Ranger book! You can earn a badge, like the one above, by completing the activities. Here's how...

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Logos for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America

You can be a Scout Ranger!

Boy and & Girl Scouts - You can now be a National Park Service Scout Ranger! Explore & protect national parks, earn badges & certificates, & have fun!

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