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4 Historic Places to Discover in Cooperstown

Dating back to the 18th Century, there's a storied history in Cooperstown/Otsego County just waiting for you to unlock.

Hey history buffs, did you know Cooperstown/Otsego County has a rich history? William Cooper, father to Last of the Mohicans and The Leatherstocking Tales author James Fenimore Cooper, was one of its first European settlers in 1785. We've done the digging to get you started exploring these unforgettable historical sites.

Hyde Hall

Hyde Hall is a 19th century neoclassical mansion, home to the Clarke family, is one of early America's great estates. Discover unique architecture and explore the mansion, sprawling grounds, and the family crypt. Be sure to visit the Hyde Hall covered bridge – it's the oldest covered bridge in New York state.

Greater Oneonta History Center

Discover the Upper Susquehanna Valley at the Greater Oneonta History Center. Check out an exhibit celebrating the Oneonta Municipal Airport's 50th anniversary and download a self-guided walking tour of Oneonta on your phone. The History Center is located in the oldest building on Main Street. Murals illustrate the businesses that have occupied the building over the last 150 years, including a hardware store, a bank, a candy and ice cream store, and a dress shop.

Cooperstown/Charlotte Valley Railroad

Hop on the history train! The Cooperstown/Charlotte Valley Railroad was opened 1869 to serve Cooperstown and the surrounding area. It was named a heritage railroad in 1996. The wildly popular railroad hosts numerous special event rides, including fall foliage trains and a pumpkin patch special. And oh what fun it is to ride!

The Farmers' Museum

The Farmers' Museum celebrates upstate NY's rural heritage. Visit the 19th century village, made of restored historic buildings from across New York State, and the Lippitt Farmstead, a working 19th century farm. You can even take a spooky, lantern-lit tour of the museum by night if you visit on a few special nights in October.

Art + Culture Favorites: Things to Do

The Glimmerglass Festival
The Glimmerglass Festival
The Glimmerglass Festival is a summer-long celebration of all things opera and musical theater. This season, the festival will present four productions: La Bohéme, Sweeney Todd, The Thieving Magpie and The Crucible. Enjoy one of the most unique nights at the theater you’ll ever come across, including pre-show picnics on the lawn and the open-air architecture of the festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theatre.
Location: Cooperstown
The Farmers' Museum
The Farmers' Museum
Providing the ultimate perspective on “the way things used to be,” a visit to The Farmers’ Museum brings history to life – literally. For American culture and history aficionados, this is a must-experience attraction in Cooperstown. The museum is dedicated to providing its visitors with a look back into rural life of the 19th century through its authentic historic village, farmstead, and array of other on-site features like the Empire State Carousel, Cardiff Giant, and Main Barn. Visit and step back in time!
Location: Cooperstown
Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum
From its incredible collection of American Indian art to unique curations of American folk art, the Fenimore is a hidden gem amid the rolling hillsides of Cooperstown’s Central New York location. Open each April through December, the Fenimore also plays host to a number of special events and partners with other area museums, including its sister museum The Farmers’ Museum as well as the Glimmerglass Festival, to curate unique rotating exhibitions. Don’t miss this year’s lineup of standout exhibitions at the Fenimore’s incredible location along the shorelines of Otsego Lake.
Location: Cooperstown
Hyde Hall
Hyde Hall
Whether you visit Hyde Hall for its beautiful architecture or supernatural atmosphere, a tour of the hall’s magnificent property will be sure to place you under its spell. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and mansion at Hyde Hall, offered May through October, and get a behind-the-scenes look into this 50-room country house, which overlooks author James Fenimore Cooper’s beautiful Glimmerglass, also known as Otsego Lake.
Location: Cooperstown

Art + Culture Favorites: Places to Stay

Otesaga Resort Hotel
Otesaga Resort Hotel
Location: Cooperstown
Cooper Inn
Cooper Inn
Just a short walk from downtown Cooperstown attractions like the Baseball Hall of Fame and Main Street stores, the Cooper Inn provides is guests with an elegant experience in a Federal-style manor decorated with 19th century décor alongside modern amenities. The inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America and offers a variety of specials and packages perfect for art and history enthusiasts, including the Fenimore Art Lovers Package and the Farmers’ Museum History Comes to Life Package.
Location: Cooperstown
Landmark Inn
Landmark Inn
Rated #1 by guests, the Landmark Inn is a beautiful B&B in the heart of the village. Just a short walk to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Landmark is the perfect home for exploring historic Cooperstown. Let their concierge help plan a trip to remember! Your stay will be highlighted by a gourmet breakfast chef Vita creates each morning, our dream-like linens, and a staff focused on making you feel at home and pampered all at once.
Location: Cooperstown
Bayside Inn & Marina
Bayside Inn & Marina
Lounge at the Bayside Inn’s pleasant and tranquil setting among the wooded hillsides surrounding the shores of Otsego Lake, one of Cooperstown’s top lodging options for art and culture lovers, located within a 10-minute drive of The Farmers’ Museum, Fenimore Art Museum, and other cultural attractions. Enjoy the ultimate lake vacation in Cooperstown during a stay at Bayside, offering packages perfect for exploring the area’s museums, including their Mix & Match Museums package, available May through October.
Location: Cooperstown