Amtrak Train Stop: Albany-Rensselaer Station (ALB)
Discover the Many Treasures of Beautiful Rensselaer County
From biking, hiking, kayaking and swimming to cross country skiing and snow shoeing, we’ve got you covered with miles of trails, nature preserves and three state parks.
Buying local takes on a new twist with fresh local products offered year round at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. Pick you own, farmers markets and farm stands abound during the summer and early fall.
Summer highlights include free concert offerings throughout the county. Troy’s Rockin’on the River concert series runs every Wednesday from mid-June to mid-August and provides the perfect start to a fun evening in Troy. Explore Troy the last Friday of every month for special programs and discounts in our unique boutiques and enjoy the culinary excellence at our many restaurants.
Nothing says summer like a baseball game with the Tri-City Valley Cats from June to September. Feeling nostalgic? Catch a movie under the stars and one of Rensselaer County’s two drive-in theaters.
If rich and historic heritage is what you are seeking, then Rensselaer County is the place to be! Explore Crailo State Historic Site’s widely acclaimed exhibit, “A Dishonorable Trade: Human Trafficking in the Dutch Atlantic World.” See a mansion in restoration when you visit the Knickerbocker Mansion. Bring history alive with interactive programs at the Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS). Celebrate Troy’s events throughout the year. Celebrate Rensselaer County’s 225th Anniversary with a special exhibit at RCHS beginning in June. Troy’s Bicentennial retrospective also at RCHS will run through 2016. Join in a walking tour at Oakwood Cemetery (where Uncle Sam is buried) and discover history as you’ve never known it.
For those who prefer the arts, Rensselaer County boasts many art venues with the world renowned, acoustically perfect Troy Savings Bank Music Hall where you can enjoy an evening of music, comedy and more in an intimate setting. A mixture of architecture and performance arts can be found at the EMPAC center on the RPI Campus. Looking for alternative arts? Check out the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. Enjoy award winning productions can be seen at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts or the Sage Theater Institute. Bring out the artist in you with a class at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Rensselaer County is a place that truly caters to families. Take on the miles of trails to hike and bike at any of our three state parks. Enjoy a movie at one of our two drive-in theaters. Outdoor concerts and farmers markets highlight the summer months. If rich and historic heritage is what you are seeking, then Rensselaer County is the place to be.
See a mansion under restoration when you visit the Knickerbocker Mansion. Bring history alive with interactive programs at the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Join in a walking tour at Oakwood Cemetery where Uncle Sam is buried) and discover history as you've never known it. Did you know that Troy has more Tiffany windows per square mile than any other place in the world!
Rensselaer County boasts many venues for those who enjoy the arts, including the world renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. For more eclectic performances, try at EMPAC. Award winning productions can be seen at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts or the Sage Theater Institute. Bring out the artist in you with a class at The Arts Center of the Capital Region.
Buy local and meet the people that grow your food at the year round Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. Tempt your taste buds with culinary delights in Troy and throughout Rensselaer County.
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Troy, NY, Home of "Uncle Sam"
Congress designated Troy as the home of "Uncle Sam," a meat packer named Samuel B. Wilson who stamped the barrels bound for U.S. Army soldiers during the War of 1812. Uncle Sam is buried in Troy's beautiful Oakwood Cemetery alongside a host of Civil War generals, industry powerhouses, inventors and community leaders.
The nation's first female labor union, the Collar Laundry Union, was founded in Troy in 1864 by Kate Mullaney and Ester Keegan. Another classic American icon was created at Fort Crailo, the old Van Rennselaer manor house, where "Yankee Doodle," was rumored to be written.
The region boasts many other impressive cultural contributions. It was here that Herman Melville found the inspiration to write his fist two novels and here that Washington Irving penned his "Father Knickerbocker" tales while residing at the Knickerbocker Mansion in Schaghticoke. The Troy Sentinel was the first newspaper to publish "The Night Before Christmas," and art collector Louis Caldor discovered Grandma Moses' paintings on display in Hoosick Falls drugstore.
The streets of Troy feature some of the finest 19-century architecture in the country. Blessed with what one exerpt calls "the mother lode of Tiffany windows," Troy also houses such world-renowned treasures as the acoustically superb Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
0.8 miles, 3 min. drive, 15 min. walk
This Rensselaer, NY museum explores Colonial Dutch life with exhibits and numerous events. nysparks.com
7.2 miles, 10 min. drive
Even great music benefits from the perfect acoustics designed in the 19th-century. troymusichall.org
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