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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Features

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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Alexander Hamilton's picture as it appears on the ten dollar bill.

Power Source of Paterson

What's a raceway? Check out this video and find out.

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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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Community Leaders

Community Leaders

Meet the members of the Federal Advisory Commission for Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

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Stay Connected

Stay Connected

To learn about the latest news and events happening at Paterson Great Falls, follow us on Twitter and Facebook or sign up for email updates.

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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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