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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Cover photo for the park General Management Plan

Help Us Plan YOUR Park

Hot off the press – Share your thoughts on the park’s future by reviewing and commenting on the Draft General Management Plan.

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Ranger leading tour

Park Tours and Special Programs

Find out how the place, people and products worked together to bring the Industrial Revolution to the United States.

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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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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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