Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, Governors Island National Monument, and Castle Clinton National Monument, NJ/NY
Weather: High 75/Low 43, Cloudy morning turned into a beautiful sunny day
NPS Stop 25-Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park: https://www.nps.gov/pagr/index.htm
This site was great to visit. The grounds were kept nice and there were walking paths near the powerful waterfalls that Alexander Hamilton envisioned harnessing the power of water to drive the manufacturing plants during the industrial revolution.
NPS Stop 26-Thomas Edison National Historical Park: https://www.nps.gov/edis/index.htm
The Visitors Center was closed but we were allowed to wander through the site where many inventions were created. We also talked with two rangers and gathered additional information about Thomas Edison. We did get a peek into the chemistry lab which was one of his favorite places to work. We also drove up to his estate and walked the grounds where he lived and is also buried there. We want to come back to this site once it fully opens to see learn more about his life.
NPS Stop 27-Governors Island National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/gois/index.htm
This small island is the home of Castle Williams and Fort Jay, forts built to protect New York Harbor. This island and its buildings served the military for many years. The island was never attacked and the buildings are in good condition. It is a perfect place to bring your family and bikes or scooters to explore. They do have food trucks and a playground and host events during the summer. We wish we had brought our bicycles.
NPS Stop 28-Castle Clinton National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/cacl/index.htm
Originally known as the ‘South-west Battery’ and was constructed on the rocks off the tip of Manhattan in the early 1800s to protect New York City and the harbor. It was never attacked and has served many purposes over its lifetime, including an immigrant processing station and the New York City Aquarium. Today you can purchase tickets to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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