Made in New Jersey

The Great Falls

Print of The Great Falls of Paterson

Alexander Hamilton caught a glimpse of the future in 1778 as he watched the Passaic River tumble some 77 feet from a cliff in Passaic County. Inspired by the power and potential of the falls, Hamilton formed the Society for Useful Manufactures in 1791 to build a new industrial city named for one of New Jersey’s great patriots, William Paterson. The Great Falls of Paterson and parts of the town are now part of a National Historic Park, commemorating the birth of American industry. This print, circa 1880, by an unknown artist is on loan from The City of Paterson, Historic Preservation Commission