A Revolutionary Idea

Cotton and silk fabrics; steam locomotives; continuous rolls of paper; airplane engines. What do these things have in common? They were all manufactured in the same place - Paterson, NJ.

In 1792, Paterson was established, America's first planned industrial city, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills rose industries that changed the face of the United States.

Ranger Sarai pictured with Great Falls in background. Photo Credit:  Wander Tapia

Park Tours and Special Programs

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

Picture shows the Paterson Great Falls from the bridge above with a rainbow visible in the mists.

Labor Day Weekend at the Falls

Want to know what's going on in the Great Falls Historic District during Labor Day Weekend?

Official Directions.

Directions to the Falls

Various methods on how to arrive at the park.

Picture of a Ranger swearing in a Junior Ranger.

Junior Ranger Program

Come and join us as one adventures in the wonders of Paterson Great Falls NHP and become a Junior Ranger.

Last updated: August 19, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

72 McBride Avenue Extension
Paterson, NJ 07501


(973) 523-2210

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