With a current population of about 2,000 people, Cooperstown was founded in the late 1780's by Judge William Cooper, father to James Fenimore Cooper, known for authoring "The Last of the Mohicans" and other well known tales. The nine-mile long Ostego Lake is the "Glimmerglass" of Cooper's stories. The appearance of many of the town's buildings and houses have been preserved.
General Abner Doubleday was another well-known Cooperstown resident. He is credited with the founding of the game of baseball in 1839, as decreed by the National Baseball Commission. Credit should also be shared with NYC resident Alexander Joy Cartwright.
With such a heritage, it is only fitting that the summer's major focus here is Baseball. The National Baseball Hall of Fame is here, there are several baseball camps, and there are lots and lots of baseball players in town for the summer season.
Things to See
- Brewery Ommegang - 656 CR33. Tour this farmstead brewery, and enjoy beer tastings. Open daily 11-6 Memorial Day-Labor Day
- Cooperstown Valley Railroad - SR 166 in Milford. 8 mile scenic trip in classic 1928 passenger coaches. Museum in the restored 1869 depot. Sat-Thur during the summer, best to call (607) 432-2429 for schedule.
- The Farmer's Museum - SR 40. One of the oldest "rural life" museums in the country. A range of interactive programs explore the region's agricultural history. Also home of the bones of the Cardiff Giant. Allow 2 hrs minimum. Food available. Daily 10-5.
- Fenimore Art Museum - SR 80. Features American Fine art and American Indian art. James Fenimore Cooper memorabilia. Reproduction of Iroquois hunting camp. Food available. Daily 10-5 (888) 547-1450
- National Baseball Hall of Fame - 25 Main St. Chronicles history of baseball, player memorabilia, hall of fame inductees. Daily 9-9 (888) 425-5633
Things to Do
- Wednesday night Community Band Concerts at the Otesaga Hotel
- Tour the Cooperstown Bat Company on Rt 28 in Fly Creek. Shop open weekdays 9:00-5:00. Bat Turning Demonstrations daily during the baseball season 9:00-noon and 1:00-4:00 M-F
- Go to the Farmer's Market on Saturday behind Key Bank
- Attend Concerts in the Park in Sharon Springs
- Get some exercise at Clark Sports Center - swimming, track, racquet ball, basketball, climbing wall and bowling alleys
- The Glimmerglass Festival, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation which operates as a professional summer opera company in Cooperstown, New York. Glimmerglass offers more than 40 performances of four operas each July and August.
Places to Eat
- Jackie's Restaurant - 3688 State Hwy 28, Milford. Home cooked family food.(607) 286-7843
- The Blue Mingo Grill - 6098 Hwy 80. AAA 3 diamonds. Reservations suggested. Lakefront setting. Casual dress. Lunch, dinner. (607) 547-7496
- The Doubleday Cafe - 93 Main St. 7am-9pm American family fare - steaks, salads, sandwiches. casual - popular family spot. (607) 547-5466
- The Pepper Mill - 5418 St Hwy 28. dinner only. Lots of baseball memorabilia, casual dining, good steak and chicken dishes. (607) 547-8550
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