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History

Passaic County was created from portions of Bergen County and Essex County in 1837. It has many historic places, monuments, and museums. Passaic County's history and landmarks offer visitors an opportunity to take a step back in time. Paterson was named after William Paterson, the Governor of New Jersey. The City of Paterson’s Great Falls Visitor Center offers historic guided walks featuring its industrial architecture. Lambert Castle was constructed in 1892 for the silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert. The Castle was purchased and renovated by the Passaic County Park Commission in 1928. The man-made Morris Canal ran through northern New Jersey and connected the Delaware River with the Hudson River transporting people and goods throughout the state and through the Passaic County towns of Clifton, Little Falls, Paterson and the Mountain View section of Wayne.

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  This Passaic County website page is for History, Facts, Archives, Records, Museums, Exhibits, Documents, Genealogy, Libraries, Historians, Research, Historic Preservation, Ancestry and Statistics in Passaic County, Bloomingdale, Clifton, Haledon, Haskell, Hawthorne, Hewitt, Little Falls, Newfoundland, North Haledon, Oak Ridge, Passaic, Paterson, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Totowa, Wanaque, Wayne, West Milford and West Paterson. Places of interest in Passaic County include Van Riper-Hopper Museum, Dey Mansion, Lambert Castle, Montclair State University, William Paterson University of New Jersey, American Labor Museum, Botto House, Great Falls, Wayne Towne Center, Preakness Valley, Paterson Museum, Pines Lake, Garret Mountain, Rifle Camp, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood Manor, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Campgaw Mountain, Skylands Manor and NJ State Botanical Gardens.

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