Cooperstown Media Tips & Leads
The Cooperstown/Otsego County area is known for the best that America has to offer - beautiful scenery, top-notch arts and culture, history, shopping, year-round recreation and, of course, baseball. Located on the highlands at the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, it is a land of hills, valleys, streams and beautiful lakes. Otsego Lake is the largest, at eight miles long, and described in the tales of James Fenimore Cooper. For a look at some of Cooperstown/Otsego's featured publicity, check out our recent newsroom stories and press releases and media coverage.
A Newsworthy History
Eight years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, two explorers from Holland came up the Mohawk River from Albany, crossed the hills to Lake Otsego, and arrived in what is now Otsego County. The birthplace of baseball has been established in Cooperstown, New York, where folklore has it Abner Doubleday chased the cows out of Elihu Phinney's pasture one afternoon in 1839, and had the inspiration to invent a game that quickly became the national pastime. The National Baseball Hall of Fame, dedicated 100 years later, stands as the definitive repository of the game's treasures and as a shrine for honors bestowed on an athlete.
An exploration of the region, with its century-old family homesteads and unchanging bucolic scenery, provides a deep connection with American history and a wealth of sensory experiences. An easy drive about 50 miles west of Albany, the Cooperstown area is halfway between New York City and Niagara Falls.