History of the Stroll
Decades of Magic, Tradition, and Family Fun
For 40 years, the Troy Victorian Stroll has been a community holiday tradition that transforms the streets of historic downtown Troy into a bygone Victorian era, complete with visitors in Victorian dress strolling the City.
This beloved Troy tradition evolved from another Troy tradition - the Annual Greens Show at the Hart Cluett Museum (formerly the Rensselaer County Historical Society.) The Victorian Stroll is an outgrowth of this popular, "evergreen" event.
Produced by the Van Rensselaer Garden Club, the Greens Show originated in 1956 when the Hart Cluett Mansion, an 1827 Federal-style house, was donated to the museum to be its new home. Annually, the mansion is decorated top to bottom in fresh greens, trees and flowers. After many years of success, the Victorian Stroll was created in 1982 to expand the Greens Show and celebrate the City of Troy.
Paying homage to the city's beautiful architecture, rich history and birthplace of innovation, the "Victorian" theme of this event was born.
Since 1982, the Victorian Stroll has brought residents and tourists alike together to enjoy our beautiful City of Troy - its past, present and future. The Stroll’s activities and entertainment are strategically spread throughout the streets, amidst unique shops, storefronts, restaurants, bars and parks. The events’ footprint is South to Congress Street, East to 6th Ave, West to River Street, and North to Hutton Street. There is something of interest for people of all ages at this one-day. Held each year 10 days after Thanksgiving, we hope you will join us to shop, dine and Stroll Troy!
Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is the principal business, civic and economic development agency for the Rensselaer Gateway communities. Founded in 1900, the Chamber represents nearly 800 diverse businesses and community organizations that employ nearly 40,000 professionals. The Chamber serves all its members - from sole proprietors to corporations with thousands of people - with programs and services designed to inform, educate and assist them in reaching their full business potential.
Since 1993, the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce has been proud to manage and present the Troy Victorian Stroll.