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» Many historical figures called Rensselaer County home. Educator Emma Willard, Financier Russell Sage, and others have all left lasting academic and philanthropic legacies. Samuel B. Wilson, known as "Uncle Sam" is buried at Troy's beautiful Oakwood Cemetery and is memorialized with a 15-foot high aluminum statue in downtown Troy. In 1864, Kate Mullany and Ester Keegan established the nation's first female labor union, "The Collar Laundry." Visitors can still view Ms. Mullany's house, which is a historical landmark.

» The patriotic "Yankee Doodle," a wartime marching song, is said to have been composed at the Van Rensselaer Manor House, Fort Crailo, in the City of Rensselaer, where today a museum commemorates the legend.

» The American classic, "Twas the Night Before Christmas," was penned in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore and published in the Troy Sentinel. A plaque located on historic River Street in the antiques district, marks the site of the former newspaper building.

» It was in the Village of Hoosick Falls that an art collector named Louis Caldor discovered an appealing display of primitive and colorful art at the local drugstore. The artist was an untrained woman in her 70s. Since then, Grandma Moses' works have gone on to immortalize the everyday rural life of Rensselaer County and are sought-after by art collectors.

» There are more than 55 waterfalls in Rensselaer County, adding to the beauty of the area and its quality of life. Historically, these waterfalls powered everything from grist mills to iron works, providing a natural source of energy that assisted the region in becoming an important leader in the industrial revolution. Today, the waterfalls boost the area's attraction for tourists.

» Rensselaer County has more authentic Tiffany brand windows per square mile than anywhere else. Some of the finest examples are installed at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, built in 1826 and remodeled by the Tiffany Glass and Decoration Co. in the 1890s. The church's windows attract enthusiasts from all over the globe.

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The Tiffany Window Dome in The Sage College Bush Memorial Building in downtown Troy