Rensselaer Country is one of 62 counties in New York State
. It borders Albany County
and Saratoga County
on the west, Columbia County
on the south, Washington County
on the north, and the states of Vermont
on the east. Its current population is around 152,000.
Rensselaer County was created on February 7, 1791. It's land was carved out of 665 square miles of Albany County, stretching from the banks of the Hudson River to the New York state line. It was named after the Van Rensselaers, the patroons which set up the original Dutch colonies in the area, and still controlled much of the land in the Hudson valley at the time. In 1793, the city of Troy was selected as the county seat. The county government is now set up into a system in independent sections, broken into two "cities", six "villages" and fourteen "towns".
Troy (County Seat)
Rensselaer County is home to Uncle Sam, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, the site of the American Revolution Battle of Bennington in the Town of Hoosick, and Fort Crailo in Rensselaer, where "Yankee Doodle" was written.