Paterson, New Jersey is just half-hour from New York City in Passaic County. And while it might not seem so exciting compared to the Big Apple, the city of Paterson boasts a fascinating history, grounded in both the American Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.

Its core placement along the Great Falls of the Passaic River made Paterson an ideal location for the United States’ first manufacturing center. Alexander Hamilton founded this industrial city in 1791. The setting has also inspired one of our greatest contemporary epic poems: Paterson by William Carlos Williams. And that’s not the only poetic piece of Paterson’s literary legacy.

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