Visiting Troy feels like stepping into the past. Troy’s Victorian architecture has served as backdrop for many films, including The Age of Innocence and Scent of a Woman. It's the place where Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, grew up writing maritime tales. It’s also the home of the real Uncle Sam, a meatpacker who fed the soldiers in the War of 1812 and inspired the national symbol.
You can pay your respects at Uncle Sam's gravesite
in historic Oakwood Cemetery
. Taking in the panoramic views, waterfalls, and 19th-century ambience, you half expect a horse and carriage to roll by. Stop at the RiverSpark Visitor Center
for information on Tiffany window walking tours, heritage trails, and great restaurants.
Families enjoy the Children's Museum
baseball games, and Hudson River cruises on The Captain JP
. With near-perfect acoustics, the 1875 Troy Music Hall
still attracts the world's best musicians. On River Street, you'll find antique shops, a farmers market, and events like the monthly Troy Night Out. The annual Victorian Stroll attracts 20,000 revelers to kick off the Christmas season, and the Flag Day parade is the largest of its kind. Uncle Sam would be proud.