• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Interested in Reserving a Tour

    Are you planning to visit Paterson Great Falls this winter? If so, plan ahead and make a reservation in advance for the free orientation tour - A Stroll Through History. More »

  • Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson

    Due to landscape improvement project, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge will be closed on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Reservations for NPS programs will still be taken. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park - At A Glance

The new wayside exhibit overlooking the Great Falls
The new wayside is in the perfect place!
I. Goldman - NPS photo
Two rangers assembling wayside exhibit

Charles Magale, Facilities Manager at Thomas Edison NHP, and a member of his crew, assemble our first wayside exhibit.

I. Goldman - NPS photo


On March 1, some of our friends from Thomas Edison National Historical Park came over and assembled and installed our very first wayside exhibit for us. It was a chilly day, but it didn't take them long. Thanks guys!


What is a wayside exhibit?

Located outdoors, it is a sign that helps visitors understand what they are seeing. The wayside can answer visitors' questions and explain elements of the view before them. It can also orient visitors to their surroundings and help them decide where to go or what to do next.

The wayside exhibit at Overlook Park will illustrate the important role the Great Falls, and Paterson, have played in the development of American industry for over 200 years.

Paterson Great Falls NHP's first wayside exhibit
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park's first wayside exhibit

Did You Know?

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton, founder of Paterson, faced great opposition to his ideas for an industrial America? Many government leaders, including Thomas Jefferson, believed the new nation should base its economy, and could grow powerful, through agriculture – growing what it needed and selling the surplus.