Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
T'was The Night Before Christmas
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danc'd in their heads"
Written in 1822 by
Dr. Clement C. Moore
for his children
and first published
on this site
The Troy Sentinel
23 December 1823
225 River Street - Troy, NY
Location. 42° 43.874′ N, 73° 41.586′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Marker is on River Street near 1st Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker is at the left hand side of the building at 225 River Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12180, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rescue of Charles Nalle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); On This Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rensselaer County Spanish-American War Memorial Second Ward World War II Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Julia Howard Bush Memorial Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Uncle Sam Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emma Hart Willard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Locking Through (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Regarding T'was The Night Before Christmas. "Account of A Visit from St. Nicholas”, more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas", or "Twas the Night Before Christmas", from its opening line, is a poem first published anonymously by the Troy Sentinel in 1823. It is largely responsible for the conception of Santa Claus from the mid-nineteenth century to today.
Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779–July 10, 1863) a wealthy Manhattan biblical scholar is the credited author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas”. Moore was famous in his day as a professor of Oriental and Greek literature at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and a professor of Biblical learning in the General Theological Seminary in New York in from 1821 to 1850 were he compiled a two volume Hebrew dictionary.
Tradition tells that a relative of Moore's, Miss Harriet Butler, a holiday visitor to the Moore home, took a copy of the poem home with her to Troy, New York where the next year it was anonymously submitted to The Sentinel for publication. Moore himself claimed authorship of the poem in 1844 after the urging of his family following the poem's growing popularity. Later on Moore bequeathed the mahogany bureau desk on which he composed the poem to Miss Butler due to her fondness of the poem. The desk is in the possession of the New York Historical Society.
The Troy Sentinel was a relatively short lived newspaper,
"There is, to our apprehension, a spirit of cordial goodness in it, a playfulness of fancy and a benevolent alacrity to enter into the feelings and promote the simple pleasures of children, which are altogether charming."
Literary sleuth Don Foster, an English professor at Vassar College, claims the poem's spirit and style are starkly at odds with the body of Moore's other writings and more closely matches the views and verse of author Henry Livingston Jr., a gentleman-poet of Dutch descent who lived in Poughkeepsie, New York.
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!"
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Site of the Moore mansion where Clement Clarke Moore penned the Christmas Poem, "A Visit From Saint
Also see . . . The Original Text published in the Troy Sentinel. Notice the names of the two reindeer in line number 22, as originally printed, "...Dunder and Blixem; " which are Dutch & German for Thunder and Lightning. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 3,352 times since then and 35 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week December 20, 2009. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.