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Welcome Center Will Remain Closed Until Further Notice

Message from Darren Boch, Superintendent of Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park:

To ensure the safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff we are following guidance from federal, state and local health authorities by closing the Welcome Center. When a re-opening date is determined, the information will be provided on our website and social media feeds. Meanwhile, the park parking lot and grounds remain open to visitors.

Stay information about the Paterson Great Falls National Park by visiting:

Public Comments for Visitor Center Open Until October 17

The National Park Service is welcoming public comments on the new Alexander Hamilton Visitor Center. Please visit the NPS Park Planning for the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park page to submit your comment.

NPS Planning, Environment & Public Comment


Paterson's Golden Spike Ceremony


On May 10, the Paterson Museum Foundation will celebrate industrial Paterson's contributions to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Visit for more information.

Visitorship skyrocketing at Paterson National Park

Over 300,000 people visited the Paterson Great Falls in 2017, according to the official numbers from the National Park Service—a 74% increase from 2016!

Read more about why people can't get enough of our national park.


The Hamilton Partnership for Paterson intends to submit a New Jersey Green Acres nonprofit organization grant to fund a portion of the new landscaping around the planned Alexander Hamilton Visitor Experience Center that the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson is helping fund on behalf of the National Park Service. The Hamilton Partnership for Paterson is a nonprofit organization designated by the National Park Service as the public charity raising funds to support the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. The application will be available for review and comment at the Hamilton Partnership for Paterson office at 72 McBride Avenue Extension, 2ndFloor, Paterson, New Jersey 07501 and at NJDEP Green Acres Program, 501 East State Street, Station Plaza Building 5, Ground Floor, Trenton, NJ 08608.

The Paterson Great Falls: The Next Hot Spot for Tourists

Delicious food from dozens of countries and cultures. Inspiration for America's great poets and artists. Engineering and architectural works from the Industrial Revolution through the 20th Century. A breathtaking natural wonder in the heart of the city.

Only in Paterson can you experience all of these in just one day.

Major newspapers all over the country are recognizing all that Paterson has to offer, and encouraging readers to see the Silk City.

A National Pastime for All Americans at Hinchliffe Stadium

Watch now: new videos about Negro League Baseball at Paterson's Historic Hinchliffe Stadium

The Hamilton Partnership wrote the legislation and played a leading role in making Hinchliffe the first stadium in a National Historical Park. President Obama signed the law to add Hinchliffe Stadium to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in December 2014.





“Hinchliffe Stadium Memories” tells the remarkable story of one of the last surviving Negro League stadiums. Located in Paterson spectators witnessed midget car races, performances by Duke Ellington and Lou Costello, football games, boxing matches, high school graduations, and great baseball.

“The Legendary Larry Doby” explores the groundbreaking life and career of the first black player n the American League. An Eastside High School graduate and Hall of Fame outfielder, Larry Doby strongly believed in using athletics to bring people together.

A Tale of Two Historic Cities: Paterson and Washington, D.C.

Our new exhibit "A Tale of Two Historic Cities: Paterson and Washington, D.C." is now open at the Paterson Museum. The exhibit explores the special relationship between our nation's industrial and government capitals that began over two centuries ago and continues to this day.



"Paterson" Brings the Great Falls to the Big Screen

Paterson, the new film starring Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls) opened on December 28. The film, directed by independent visionary Jim Jarmusch, premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The story follows a week in the life of Driver's character, a bus driver and poet aptly named Paterson, as he goes about his daily routine. His poems, reflections on the details of everyday life, bring to mind the works of William Carlos Williams—particularly his famous epic poem also called "Paterson." Paterson has received rave reviews, many calling it "the best performance of Adam Driver's career." Paterson, both the film and the character, bring the understated beauty and rich character of the city to life.


In November we held an event to honor Adam Driver for his contributions to Paterson's legacy. He sat down with film producers Josh Astrachan and Carter Logan to discuss his time at the Great Falls, working with Jim Jarmusch, and driving a bus through the streets of Paterson. 

Connecting Culture and Cuisine in Paterson

Food has always been one of the most important ways that we experience and understand difference cultures. It has always been a major part of Paterson's cultural landscape, from Alexander Hamilton's 1778 picnic at the Great Falls to the Latin American, European, and Middle Eastern restaurants that line the city's streets today.

Since Hamilton's time Paterson has been a city of immigrants, opening its doors to people from around the world looking for new opportunities. Hamilton championed the "diversity of talents" that immigrants would bring to the new nation. Each successive wave of newcomers has infused Paterson with a new culture and character, making it the diverse, multicultural city it is today.

People nationwide are discovering what Paterson has to offer. The Washington Post called the city's markets, bakeries, and restaurants "a dream come true." And the Los Angeles Times describes Paterson as a must-see destination—even giving directions on how to get here from California.

In 2017 we partnered with the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and local restaurants and businesses to connect the history of the Great Falls to contemporary life in Paterson through food. The Great Falls, Great Food, Great Stories community engagement program and the Savor Paterson cultural festival invited residents and visitors to explore the city's rich culture and heritage through its many cuisines.

Paterson restaurants and businesses that participated in Great Falls, Great Food, Great Stories and Savor Paterson include:

Abu Rass, 1057 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuisine 
Al Basha, 1076 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuising 
Al Basha Sweets, 1090 Main Street
Arabic bakery 
The Brownstone, 351 W. Broadway
Fine dining and events 
City Green Mobile Market
Traveling farm stand and market 
Costa Marina, 182 Market Street
Peruvian cuisine 
Delizioso, 21 Mill Street
Peruvian and Italian cuisine, ice cream parlor 
Dulcemente Peruano, 73 Market Street
Peruvian desserts 
JonJax, 356 10th Avenue
Soul food 
Nablus Sweets, 1050 Main Street
Middle Eastern bakery 
Nouri Brothers, 999 Main Street
Middle Eastern market 
Nouri's Family Restaurant, 1003 Main Street
Middle Eastern cuisine 
Panchito's, 46 Market Street
Peruvian chicken (pollo a la brasa) 
El Regional, 51 Cianci Street
Argentinian and Uruguayan market 
El Rompe y Raja, 57 Cianci Street
Peruvian cuisine 
El Señorio, 30 Market Street
Peruvian cuisine 
Somos Tu Peru II, 1194 Market Street
Peruvian deli and market 
Syraan, 1090 Main Street
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine 
Toros, 1083 Main Street 
Turkish cuisine