Troy is a city on the eastern shore of the Hudson River north of Albany. This city was once was very prosperous and is home to Uncle Sam of the famous I Want You for U.S. Army posters. Samuel Wilson (1766-1854), nicknamed Uncle Sam, was an inspector of army supplies here. The U.S. stamped on supplies was referred to as Uncle Sam by the workmen, but it is likely the U.S. stood for United Sates.
Troy's downtown is undergoing a comeback and hosts numerous small restaurants and pubs. The Troy Town Dock provides convenient access to downtown. It also makes a good stop to prepare your vessel for the canal. The downtown area is full of old buildings, antique shops, pottery shops, and other interesting stores that are worth stopping in for a look around. Saturday's Farmer’s market is a great way to gather fresh food direct from local farms.
Today the manufacturing jobs have disappeared, but Troy is home to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Hudson Valley Community College and the Emma Willard School. These schools bring in people from around the world and add to the character of Troy.
Troy Town Dock and Marina
Located in the heart of Downtown Troy is Troy Town Dock and Marina. The marina offers boaters free internet, pump out, 30/50 AMP power, restrooms, showers, and courtesy rides to grocery stores, the airport, the train station and bus station. The marina can accommodate boats up to 200 feet in length.
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