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Uncle Sam

Things to Know about Troy

Troy is situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, across from Albany. It has a long history that starts with the Native Americans of the area through the Dutch and English settlers. The city was an important trading post and early industrial center involving steelmaking and textile manufacturing. Today, Troy is home to several colleges and universities and a vibrant downtown community.

In 1813, the United States government got the nickname “Uncle Sam.” The name comes from a meat packer from Troy who supplied barrels of beef to the US Army during the War of 1812. Samuel Wilson (1766-1854) stamped the barrels “U.S.” for United States but soldiers began referring to the food as coming from Uncle Sam.

Fall Activities

Welcome to Fall in Upstate New York!

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is becoming cooler (despite the few warm and humid days we've had this fall), and it's time to make plans to see the fall foliage, go apple or pumpkin picking, and enjoy Halloween.

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Here's a list of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples, taste apple cider and cider donuts, and do other fun activities.

Do you want to see the best fall foliage in the area? Check out this list of places to go "leaf peeping".

Visit one of these pumpkin patches to buy a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or decorative gourds.

Here's a list of Halloween events in Albany. These include haunted hayrides, parties, ghost walking tours and even trick-or-treating tips.

Or browse this site for fall recipes and other fun things to do in the fall in Upstate New York!

Information about New York’s Capital Region & the Adirondacks

Empire State English is fortunate to be located near several cities in the Capital Region of New York and not far from the beauty of lakes and the Adirondack mountains. Here is more information about our area of eastern New York State:

The Capital Region refers to the metropolitan area surrounding Albany, the capital of the U.S. state of New York. In the 21st century, the Capital District has emerged as a major anchor of Tech Valley, the moniker describing the technologically-focused region of eastern New York State. The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 17th century and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797. The Capital District is notable for many historical events that predate the independence of the United States, including the Albany Plan of Union and The Battles of Saratoga.

Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region – this is an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. Explore the Lake George Region’s family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau’s one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.