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Did you know Paterson is known as the “Silk City” for its dominant role in silk production during the latter half of the 19th century? It has since evolved into a dynamic and diverse community– a major destination for African-Americans since the time of the Underground Railroad, and also for Hispanic immigrants, as well as for immigrants from South Asia, and the Arab and Muslim world. Paterson has the second-largest Muslim population in the United States by percentage. Made up of over 50 distinct ethnic groups, our city is enlivened by a vital blend of ethnic shopping and dining that makes Paterson a unique destination in its own right.

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THINGS TO DO IN PATERSON

LAMBERT CASTLE MUSEUM

The Lambert Castle Museum contains historical period rooms that interpret the Castle’s past as the home of Catholina Lambert, one of nineteenth-century Paterson’s most prominent silk textile manufacturers. These rooms incorporate many of Lambert’s original possessions as well as other historical items from the Passaic County Historical Society collections. Docents will answer questions as museum visitors make their way to the first floor rooms. Learn more…

PATERSON GREAT FALLS

Watch 77 feet of cascading rapids at Paterson Great Falls– a source of natural wonder and power for centuries. The river’s might was used to power textile, lumber, and food mills during Paterson’s earliest years, in fact, Alexander Hamilton chose this site for the nation’s planned industrial city in 1791. Today, you can enjoy a walking tour with audio available through the national park service’s free app for your smartphone. Learn more…

PATERSON MUSEUM

Discover some of the famous people and inventions that have come from Paterson. Paterson has been the birthplace or springboard of many innovators and inventors such as John Holland -“Father of the modern submarine,” Sam Colt – who perfected the repeating cylinder revolver, and John Ryle – “Father of the silk industry.” The museum hosts interactive exhibits including local archaeology, history, and mineralogy. Learn more…

GREAT FALLS HISTORIC DISTRICT CULTURAL CENTER

Learn about the history, geology and cultural influence of the Passaic River and its waterfall. View hundreds of photos of the area over the years, with a special focus on the different mills and factories that came to harness the power of the water rushing over the falls. The Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center also explores the cultural significance of the falls and how the industrialization of the area came to change the way people lived their lives. Learn more…

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