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Paterson is a gritty industrial city located just 15 miles west of Manhattan. Visit Paterson to learn more about the remarkable history we seek to preserve.

Resources abound in the Great Falls Historic District to illustrate and interpret the birth of diverse water-powered industries.  Paterson's oldest standing mill, the Phoenix Mill, rehabilitated for affordable housing, dates back to 1813.  At least a dozen mills still standing in Paterson were built prior to 1830.  Paterson's raceways remain, and some still function.  The City of Paterson owns the first prototype of the modern submarine, which was initially tested in the Passaic River near the Falls and is on display at the Paterson Museum.  Three Rogers Locomotive buildings, which enhanced Paterson's national renown for locomotive manufacturing, have been restored for the Paterson Museum, offices, housing, education and social services.