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. Read More

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.

Family sitting at the base of the Hamilton statue listening to the self-guided walking tour app.

Download The Self-Guided Walking Tour

Paterson Great Falls has its own app! Listen to stories about Paterson's great history as you walk through the Historic District.

Ranger Erik with new junior ranger and his dad.

Calling All Junior Rangers!

Who is a Junior Ranger? Anyone interested in exploring, learning and protecting their national parks.

Ms. Bunny Kuiken, grandaughter of Pietro and Maria Botto with Oral History Intern Keith

Oral History Project

Oral histories connect with the men,women and children who left their mark in Paterson and contributed to the national story.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

72 McBride Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07501


(973) 523-0370
Phone that connects the visitor to the Park Rangers office.

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