Historic Sites

Passaic County has inherited a rich history, and is channeling that into a brighter future. Under the direction of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Passaic County Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs manages several historic sites throughout the region. There are plenty of local places to see and things to learn nearby.

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Innovation

Passaic County's historic sites are heavily concentrated on the freedom to invent and innovate. Innovative technology and original ideas, then and now, have roots in government, politics, industrial power, transportation, engineering, machinery, scientific discovery, and the fight for freedoms and civil rights. The historic, political, and economic freedom that has fostered innovation can be interpreted at the below historic sites and museums.


Visit the American Labor Museum, Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Danforth Memorial Library, Dey Mansion, Hinchliffe Stadium, Lambert Castle & Tower, Long Pond Ironworks, Morris Canal Greenway, Passaic County Court House, Paterson City Hall, Paterson Great Falls, Paterson Museum, and Ringwood Manor to learn more.

Diversity

Part of Passaic County's character stems from its rich diversity, both now and long ago. Food, culture, sports, religion, arts, activism, music, immigration, architecture, festivals, celebrations, and so much more can all be interpreted from our local history at the sites below.


Visit the American Labor Museum, Clifton Arts Center, Dey Mansion, Hamilton-Van Wagner House, Hinchliffe Stadium, Lambert Castle & Tower, Paterson Center City Historic District, Paterson Great Falls, Paterson Museum, Passaic Center City Historic District, Passaic County Arts Center,  Ringwood Manor, Schuyler-Colfax House Museum, Van Duyne House Museum, Van Houten House, Van Riper-Hopper House, Wallisch Homestead, William Paterson University Galleries, West Milford Museum, and Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center to learn more about the foundation of diversity in Passaic County.

Nature

Passaic County is rich in natural history, which can be taken in through manicured gardens, park landscapes, and local agriculture.


See Passaic County's Dey Mansion Garden, Garret Mountain Reservation, Goffle Brook Park, Morris Canal Greenway, New Jersey Botanical Gardens, Paterson Great Falls, Ringwood State Park, Wallisch Homestead Wawayanda State Park, and Weasel Brook Park to indulge in nature near you.


Alexander Hamilton's Passaic County

Walk in the footsteps of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and other founding fathers. Stand in the places where the inspiration for the birth of our nation was once sparked.


Key sites that played an important role in the fight for American independence include the Dey Mansion, Goffle Brook Park, Long Pond Ironworks, Paterson Great Falls, Ringwood Manor, and Robert Erskine's Grave.

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The year 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution. Learn more about Passaic County’s #MarchTo250th!

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