Hi everyone! A couple of weeks ago, my sweet husband and I had a few hours to ourselves. After a lovely Indian Buffet at Karavalli’s in Latham (NY), we drove across the Hudson River to Troy‘s 2nd Street and toured seven historic homes that were open to the public for just one afternoon.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society owns two properties on 2nd Avenue–their headquarters and the Hart-Cluett House, right next door. They organized the special event that allowed the public to get mini-tours of the properties on this particular Saturday.
The Hart-Cluett House
This federal style mansion was owned by just two families (the Harts and the Cluetts) from the time of its construction in 1827 to 1952 when it was given to the Rensselaer County Historical Society. Robert Hart served as president of Troy Savings Bank, while George Cluett, the second owner and his nephew Albert, the third owner, manufactured collars and shirts. This manufacturing endeavor contributed to Troy’s nickname, “The Collar City.”
by artist DeWitt Clinton Boutelle.
Nice, old urns on the front steps.
The Paine Mansion
Upon entering the home, we had trouble believing that frat boys live in this stunning brownstone mansion. While giving us a tour of the first floor, one of the boys mentioned that The Age of Innocence, starring Daniel Day Lewis, had been shot in the house.
Since only two of the seven of the houses are open to the public regularly, I realized it wouldn’t be wise to post any of the interior photos that I took in those five. I had asked permission to take photos, but not to publish them. So these last few photos are all external images that caught my eye.
The view of a back yard, enclosed at the back by the neighbor’s home. Almost looks like Italy, doesn’t it?
Little known facts about the city of Troy and Rensselaer County:
- The Troy Sentinel was the 1st to publish Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
- Samuel Wilson (Uncle Sam) lived in Troy and is buried in Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery
- Yankee Doodle Dandy was written at Forte Crailo in Rensselaer