DescriptionCooperstown was founded in 1786 by Judge William Cooper, father of James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote “The Last of the Mohicans” and other tales. Nine-mile-long Otsego Lake, set among hills and forests, is the “Glimmerglass” of Cooper's stories. The original appearances of many of the town's picturesque buildings and houses have been carefully maintained.
Another renowned Cooperstown resident was Gen. Abner Doubleday, who, by official decree of the National Baseball Commission in 1908, was credited with founding the game of baseball in 1839 while a student at a military academy. However, more recent research indicates that credit also is due to the man who devised the playing field and many of the rules, New York City resident Alexander Joy Cartwright.
About 3 miles west of Cooperstown via SR 28 to CR 26 is the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard at 288 Goose St. The water-powered mill has been in operation since 1856. Visitors can observe the apple cider-making process during harvest season and feed ducks at the mill pond. Picnicking is permitted. Phone (607) 547-9692 or (800) 505-6455.
Visitor InfoCooperstown Chamber of Commerce 31 Chestnut St. COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326. Phone:(607)547-9983
Things to SeeBrewery Ommegang
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroadsee Milford.