• Paterson Great Falls

    Paterson Great Falls

    National Historical Park New Jersey

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  • Take a self-guided walking tour by dialing in or downloading mill mile

    Due to a staff training, there will not be any guided tours on 8/27. Download or dial into the free mill mile walking tour. Learn more More »

  • Only one portion of the park is closed - Mary Ellen Kramer Park

    Due to a landscape improvement project, a section of the park, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, and the pedestrian bridge crossing the chasm is closed. Project may be completed early in 2015. The Great Falls can still be viewed at Overlook Park, 72 McBride Ave.

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?

William Paterson

The city of Paterson was named for William Paterson, the governor of New Jersey who signed the charter for S.U.M.? The city was named before a site for it was chosen! More...