Troy, a city of 55,000 people, is more than 200 years old. Located
along the Hudson River in New York, Troy was a major center for the
industrial revolution in the 1800's. It was the home of the detachable
shirt collar, stove manufacturers, textile mills, stagecoach and carriage
builders, breweries, bell manufacturers, iron and steel centers, and
more. Iron plates for the Civil War ship the "Monitor" were rolled in
Troy. Even Samuel Wilson, better known as Uncle Sam, lived and worked
in Troy during this time.
Most of Troy's buildings stand from
the 18th and 19th centuries; fine homes of former industrial tycoons,
worker and factory housing, and homes of the emerging middle class
are still used and lived in today, many retaining their original
character and features. Wood frame, terra cotta, brownstone, and
brick houses line the streets of the city. Queen Anne, Mansard,
Beaux Arts, Romanesque, Italianate, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival,
and other kinds of buildings can be seen everywhere in Troy. Restoration
is an ongoing event here. In fact, a section of downtown has received
an impressive collection of art galleries and boutique shops.
Here's a typical house in Troy under restoration (right). Troy has
become the "restaurant district" of the capital region, and has many
regular, popular events such as the summer's Riverfront Arts Festival
with sidewalk chalk art competitions and the winter's Victorian Stroll,
which includes events, music, crafts all around Troy's downtown, and
the Hart-Cluett mansion decorated for a Victorian Christmas inside.
Their research library is open, at no charge, to the public.
Interesting places to visit and enjoy
in Troy include the Troy
RiverSpark Visitor Center, 251 River St. 518-270-8667 (left).
Located in the lower level of the building, the visitor's center
contains many displays with information on the Troy, Albany, Cohoes
area, including industrial artifacts. There is an impressive slide
show on the region, utilizing multiple slide projectors. The visitor's
center has many brochures covering local points of interest. Admission
is free. You may also enter the center for from Riverfront Park.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 7 State Street, 518-273-0038.
If there's a performance at the Troy
Savings Bank Music Hall (right) while you're in town, you might
consider attending to relax and enjoy the music as well as the impressive
hall itself. The music hall, which opened in 1875, is built over
the Troy Savings Bank. The lower floor consists of the bank, and
the rest of the building is dedicated to the hall. Known for its
near-perfect acoustics, it seats more than 1,000 people and has
two balconies. Several music groups record in the hall. For most
of the year, a free concert is offered once a month during a weekday
lunch hour (noon-1 p.m.); concertgoers are invited to bring a lunch
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River
The gallery at the Arts
Center of the Capital Region offers year-round exhibits of challenging
contemporary art, and has been a focal point and resource for artists
and arts students in the Capital Region for 34 years. The Arts Center
offers as many as 300 classes each year in a wide range of arts disciplines,
including painting, drawing, pottery, the culinary arts, metalworking
and performing arts. A "Crafts for Credit" program offers college
credit for completing Arts Center classes.
59 2nd St, 518-272-7232 firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed in 1827 (left), this Federal style home was a local landmark.
Today, both 57 and 59 2nd St. are owned by the Rensselaer
County Historical Society . These buildings house the Society's
extensive museum collections, changing exhibits, gift shop, research
library, and offices. The house is open for tours or for your own
look-around. If you visit, check out the small book in each room
that contains photographs of the room as it appeared many years
ago when the house was occupied. A small donation is requested.
The Children's Museum of Science and Technology
in the Rensselaer Technology Park, 250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180,
(518) 235-2120, http://www.childrensmuseumonline.org,
is a hands on, interactive, fun place for children. Kids can
learn about science and technology, supported by history and art.
Anchor exhibits include The Hudson River, the GE Animal Nursery,
and the Lally Planetarium. There are animal shows and outdoor
programming. Hike the trails or have lunch in the River Rock Cafe!
The Molecularium(SM) show,
a 25 minute show featuring a novel
planetarium-format animated program, the "Riding Snowflakes"
show, helps schoolchildren explore the universe as it exists at
the atomic scale. Price; ages 2 and above, $6.00. Members are
always free! Small fee for the Planetarium and Molecularium shows.
Entrances off of Oakwood Ave. or at the head of 101st St. Perhaps
not a spot you would normally visit, but Oakwood
Cemetery (right) is large, tranquil, and beautiful. Many notable
people from Troy's past are buried here, including Uncle Sam. There
is much beautiful stonework to be seen in monuments and headstones.
If you enter from the Oakwood Avenue side, take a look at the impressive
gargoyle on the still-operating crematorium.
The gasholder building (left) is located in South Troy. A large, round
brick building with a domed roof and cupola, it was built to house
coal gas. It's currently used for storage. While the building isn't
open to the public, it's interesting to come upon it nestled in among
the short row houses and narrow streets of South Troy. Located at
the corner of 5th Ave. and Jefferson St., it was built in 1873 by
the Troy Gas Light Company. Designed by Frederick A. Sabbaton, a prominent
New York State gas engineer, the structure once housed a large two-lift
iron gasholder that rose and fell according to the amount of illuminating
gas being stored in it. The Troy Gas Light company first supplied
the city with illuminating gas in 1848. (Source: "Industrial Archeology,"
John G. Waite and Diana S. Waite, Hudson-Mohawk Industrial Gateway,
Troy, NY, 1973.)
Hudson Mohawk Industrial
Located at the foot of Polk St. in South Troy, this building was
the main office for the Burden Iron Works (right). The iron works
is long gone, but you can view a full set of exhibits about the
area's industrial heritage at the Burden
Iron Works Museum. Several large items are located outdoors,
including two ladle cars ... one of which was found during the excavation
for the Rensselaer County Jail. The ladle cars were used to transport
and pour molten iron.
Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Avenue, (518) 833-1300
Extraordinary Education for Girls Since 1814
Founded in 1814, Emma
Willard School (left) was among the nation's first institutions
for the higher education of women. Located on Mount Ida above the
City of Troy, Emma Willard is a college-preparatory boarding and
day school for 292 girls in grades 9 through 12 and the post-graduate
year. The School's rigorous curriculum is complemented by diverse
independent study options in the community, a thriving visual and
performing arts program, exceptional leadership opportunities, and
competitive interscholastic athletics. The School's collegiate Gothic
architecture fills 137 acres on Troy�s residential east side. Two
other local schools worth mentioning include Russell
Sage College, initially founded by Emma Willard as the Troy
Seminary for Women, and Hudson Valley
Community College, the second-largest institution of higher
learning in the Capital Region and nationally ranked 27th for the
number of associate degrees awarded annually.
The Erie Canal,
snaking from Troy ... to Lake Erie
Three years after Emma Willard opened her first school, workers
broke ground on the
historic Erie Canal. When it was originally proposed, the project
was ridiculed as "Clinton's folly" and "Clinton's
Big Ditch" (i.e., DeWitt Clinton, "Father of New York,"
First Governor of New York State). When the Erie Canal opened
for business in 1825 it was widely considered one of the engineering
marvels of the world. Just west of the Federal Lock at Troy (right),
the world's greatest series of high lift locks are located in Waterford,
the largest lift (169 feet) in the shortest distance on any canal
system in the world!
The "Poesten Kill" (left) which literally means "foaming or puffing
stream" in Dutch, powered mills in the gorge for more than 300 years.
The waterfall is located in a peaceful, secluded location in the
middle of the city of Troy. The gorge can be viewed from a visitors
lot off Linden Avenue, between Pawling and Spring Avenues.
Troy City Hall
Monument Square (next to the RiverSpark Visitor's Center at 251
River St.). Enter the building (right) and go to the 2nd floor.
There you will find many photographs of Troy from the turn of the
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street, Troy, New York 12180
A local architectural marvel, the Troy
Public Library is the local repository for historical and genealogical
materials relating to the City of Troy and Rensselaer County. A
member of the Upper Hudson Library System, whose members stretch
from Albany to Cohoes, the Troy Public Library has access to a wealth
of resources both in the stacks and online.
Riverfront Park runs along the Hudson River (left), behind City
Hall and other buildings on River Street. Events are often held
in the park and free concerts held in the bandshell. A statue of
Uncle Sam (right) greets visitors approaching from the corner of
River and 3rd Streets.
Lansingburgh Historical Society,
First Avenue and 114th Street (left). Built in 1786, this once was
the home of American literary giant, Herman Melville, who wrote his
first books here in an environment once rife with sea-weary mariners.
Open March thru November on the 1st and 3rd of the month.
If you like stained glass, you might enjoy visiting some authentic
Tiffany windows in town.
with Tiffany windows in Troy include:
- Main lobby of the Troy Public Library at 100 2nd St.
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 58 Third St.
- Bush Memorial Center at Russell Sage College. The building is on the corner of Congress and 1st. streets.
- St. John's Episcopal Church at 146 1st St.
- Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal at 142 8th St.
- St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church at 416 3rd St.
- Oakwood Cemetery, at the head of 101st St.