Time: September 20, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Paterson Train Station
Street: Market & Ward Sts.
City/Town: Paterson, NJ
Website or Map: http://www.njtransit.com/rg/r…
Phone: 908-248-2307 (Nakis) / 973-214-1811 (Paul)
Event Type: historical, tour, 12-miles, freewalkers, walk
Organized By: Nakis Pericleous and Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2015
Take a 12-mile walking tour of one of the most interesting, historical and important cities in the East as we make our way around landmarks, natural wonders, historical places and markets.
Paterson has always been a city of immigrants. Today, the largest populations are Hispanic and Arab and Middle East countries. Paterson has the second largest Muslim population of any city in the United States.
Known as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America, significant Paterson history dates back to 1791 when Alexander Hamilton recognized that the energy of the 77 Foot tall Great Falls could be harnessed to drive manufacturing. Even today, witnessing the power of the Great Falls is a necessary experience for any visit to Paterson.
Paterson is great history lesson on boom times, exploitation and flight. Industry thrived around the power of the falls and included mills, firearms, silk and the manufacturing railroad locomotives. For over a century, the city was a mecca for immigrant laborers who worked in its factories. The rich and the poor came here to take advantage of the business boom. Think China today.
We’ve arranged a private tour of the American Labor Museum where we will learn about the city that was the site of historic labor unrest that focused on anti-child labor legislation, and the six-month-long Paterson “Silk Strike of 1913” that demanded the eight-hour day and better working conditions.
We visit the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Paterson Museum, Hinchcliff Stadium, the former home of the New York Black Yankees (Negro League), the American Labor Museum. Garrett Mountain Overlook, Lambert Castle Museum and even a statue that honors its famous son, Lou Costello (Abbott & Costello). Time permitting there’s the renown Paterson Farmer’s market to visit before you leave.
Paterson is accessible by car, rail or bus. Join us for a visit to an interesting place with an interesting past. We will start and finish from the Paterson Train Station. The event is free. Everyone is welcome.
Important Update: Information on our walking route and parking in Paterson has been updated. We have also added a walking itineary/schedule. (as of 9/16/15)
New! Map of Tour
New! Parking Info
The garage across from the station is closed Sundays. Use Center City Parking Garage @ 301 Main Streeta few blocks away, used for shoppers in this area (click the link to get directions). You should park there and meet us at the train station around 8:00 where we will all convene for a sign-in and briefing.