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Cooperstown, New York
—  Village  —
National Baseball Hall of Fame
Cooperstown, New York is located in New York
Cooperstown, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°41′50″N 74°55′37″W / 42.69722°N 74.92694°W / 42.69722; -74.92694Coordinates: 42°41′50″N 74°55′37″W / 42.69722°N 74.92694°W / 42.69722; -74.92694
Country United States
State New York
County Otsego
Area
 - Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 - Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,227 ft (374 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,032
 Density 1,317.5/sq mi (508.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13326
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-18047
GNIS feature ID 0979671
Website www.cooperstownny.org
Cooperstown, New York, as depicted on an 1890 panoramic map.

Cooperstown is a village in Otsego County, New York, USA. It is located in the Town of Otsego. The population was estimated to be 2,032 at the 2000 census.

The Village of Cooperstown is the county seat of Otsego County[1], New York. Most of the village lies inside the Town of Otsego, but part is inside the Town of Middlefield.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The Farmers' Museum, The Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, and the New York State Historical Association are also based there. More recently, nearly 1,000 youth baseball teams descend on Cooperstown every summer to participate in some of the largest baseball tournaments in the country.

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History

The village was part of the Cooper Patent, which Judge William Cooper purchased in 1785 from Colonel George Croghan. The land amounted to 10,000 acres (40 km2). Judge Cooper was the father of renowned American author James Fenimore Cooper, author of The Leatherstocking Tales.

The Village of Cooperstown was established in 1786, laid out by surveyor William Ellison. The village was established while still part of Montgomery County. It was incorporated (as the "Village of Otsego") on April 3, 1807. The name was legally changed to "Village of Cooperstown" in 1812.[citation needed] Cooperstown is one of only twelve villages in New York still incorporated under a charter, the other villages having incorporated or re-incorporated under the provisions of Village Law.[2]

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People of note in Cooperstown

Samuel F.B. Morse (Inventor, painter), Thurlow Weed (political boss), John A. Dix (Civil War general and political leader), Abner Doubleday (Civil War officer and traditional inventor of baseball), and Samuel Nelson (Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) maintained summer residences in Cooperstown.

Writers from Cooperstown

Although James Fenimore Cooper casts a long shadow as one of America's pre-eminent authors, Cooperstown authors have included his daughter Susan Fenimore Cooper (author of Rural Hours), great-great-grandson Paul Fenimore Cooper (author of Tal: His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom), prolific poet W. W. Lord who captured Cooperstown in many of his poems, as well as modern author Lauren Groff.

Geography

Cooperstown is located at 42°41′50″N 74°55′37″W / 42.69722°N 74.92694°W / 42.69722; -74.92694 (42.697335, -74.926913)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.53%) is water.

The source of the Susquehanna River is in Cooperstown at Otsego Lake. Blackbird Bay of Otsego Lake is north of the village.

Cooperstown is at the junction of New York State Route 28 and New York State Route 80, The village is also served by County Routes 31 and 33.

Demographics

Main Street

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,032 people, 906 households, and 479 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,317.5 people per square mile (509.5/km²). There were 1,070 housing units at an average density of 693.8/sq mi (268.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.21% White, 0.94% African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.62% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.31% of the population.

There were 906 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.1% were non-families. 41.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 26.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $36,992, and the median income for a family was $50,250. Males had a median income of $39,625 versus $20,595 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,799. About 5.0% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

Cooperstown today

Statue of James Fenimore Cooper

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. According to an interview conducted in 1906 by the Mills Commission, nearby resident Abner Graves attributed the game's invention to his deceased friend, Abner Doubleday. Graves stated that Doubleday invented baseball on a cow pasture within the village in 1839. This is the present site of Doubleday Field. (The actual origins of baseball are much less clear.) Part of the film A League of Their Own was filmed in Cooperstown. Several nationally recognized tournaments are held at Cooperstown. Cooperstown Dream Park hosts between 96 and 104 teams every summer for twelve year old baseball teams.

Several other attractions are scattered around town. These include the Farmers' Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, The New York State Historical Association's (NYSHA) library, Brewery Ommegang, and the Clark Sports Center (a large fitness facility). Robust zoning policies and a watchful village board serve to discourage businesses deemed to be too risky or not in keeping with the town's character.

Once known as the Village of Museums, until the 1970s Cooperstown boasted the Indian Museum (adjacent to Lakefront Park), The Carriage and Harness Museum (displaying a world-class collection primarily from F. Ambrose Clark's estate; now the Bassett Hospital offices on Elk Street), and The Woodland Museum near Three Mile Point. The latter, opened in 1962 by heirs to the Anheuser-Busch company, would fold in 1974, but not before running a close third in annual attendance to the Hall of Fame and Farmers' Museum.

The internationally-renowned Glimmerglass Opera is closely associated with Cooperstown. Founded in 1975, the company originally performed in the Cooperstown High School auditorium. In 1987, the company relocated to farmland donated by Tom Goodyear of the Cary Mede Estate 8 miles (13 km) north of the village. Here was built the acclaimed Alice Busch Opera Theater, the first opera-specific hall in the United States since 1966.

Cooperstown was home to Henry Nicols, the Eagle Scout who in 1991 revealed that he had contracted HIV through a blood transfusion. His saga is the subject of the HBO documentary "Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols."

The Clark Family

The Clark Family, whose fortune originated with a half-ownership of the patent for the Singer Sewing Machine, has lived in Cooperstown since the mid-19th century.

Clark holdings include interests assembled over a century and a half (now held through trusts, foundations, and so on). Their dominance is reflected in Clark ownership of greater than 10,000 acres (40 km2) of largely undeveloped land in and around greater Cooperstown.

In the village, the Otesaga, the Cooper Inn, Clark Estates, and the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home are all Clark properties. In addition, the Clarks were founding partners of (and retain interest in) the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital.

Cooperstown continues to benefit from the generous support of The Clark Foundation. It has donated to a variety of causes including various scholarships, non-profit organizations, and village services. The family has also donated land for the central and high schools (formerly stables) as well as for parks such as Fairy Springs and Council Rock.

Jane Forbes Clark II, the primary family heir today, has continued this commitment by purchasing strategic land to ensure the preservation of village entry points, as well as overseeing the expansion of the various Clark holdings.

Business district changes

Historic Cooperstown

Superficially, the downtown commercial district looks not unlike it did in the 1970s. However, like many small communities impacted by changing tastes and the rise of big box stores, Cooperstown's downtown has undergone significant change over recent decades.

Through the 1970s, Main Street was still home to no fewer than five grocery stores, including Danny's Market, Pic N Pay, Victory Markets, and an A&P. Western Auto had a branch on Main Street. JJ Newberry's had a two-storey five-and-dime with a food counter. Smalley's, originally a stage theater, had a single screen across from a Farm & Home store. With its post office, library, and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Main Street resembled a true village square.

Today, the village has fewer traditional services for year-round and seasonal residents. Once boasting half a dozen gas stations, the village now has but two. Traditional grocers have been reduced to one. Hardware stores such as Western Auto, McGowan's and Farm & Home have been displaced by an Ace Hardware just outside the village. Smalley's Theatre is a collection of baseball memorabilia shops, while Newberry's has become a single-floor general store with the basement stairs boarded up. Most Main Street shops cater primarily to tourists.

Architecture

For a village with limited access to professional architects, significant residential, commercial and religious structures exist, many in pristine condition.

Original residences related to the founding Cooper family, such as Edgewater and Heathcote, are still standing. Sadly, Otsego Hall, James Fenimore Cooper's residence, has been lost, along with his chalet. The cottage built for his daughter, Byberry, remains on River Street, albeit in altered form. Fynmere, a grand stone manor from the early 20th century, erected by Cooper heirs on the eastern edge of town, was designed by noted architect Charles A. Platt. Later donated to the Presbyterian Church as a retirement home, the property was razed in 1979. Both its grounds and those of neighboring property Heathcote (extant today), built for Katherine Guy Cooper (1895–1988), daughter-in-law of James Fenimore Cooper III, were laid out by noted landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.

Residences, business, and properties related to the Clark family abound within the village. From the original family seat of Fernleigh to the 1928 Georgian manor of West Hill, the properties are exceptionally well cared for. Fernleigh is a Second Empire stone mansion designed by New Jersey architect James Van Dyke and built in 1869. The original garden at Fernleigh, located to the south of the mansion, included a servants' house and Turkish bath; both details have since been lost. In 1923 Stephen C. Clark, Sr. commissioned Marcus T. Reynolds and Bryant Fleming (a landscape design professor at Cornell University) to design new gardens for Fernleigh[5].

Other Clark manor homes - such as those of Robert Sterling Clark and brother F Ambrose Clark - have been razed in the past 30 years. Edward Severin Clark built a farm complex at Fenimore Farm in 1918 (now the Farmers Museum). His stone manor, built in 1931, was bequeathed to the New York State Historical Association and today serves as the Fenimore Art Museum. Other structures, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, Otesaga Hotel, Clark Estate Office, Kingfisher Tower, Bassett Hospital, and The Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, exemplify Cooperstown's staggering architectural wealth.

The Bowers family Lakelands manor, neighboring Mohican Lodge, and their former estate of Willowbrook (1818; presently the Cooper Inn) serve as further examples of grand homes erected by affluent residents. The Bowers family received the land patent extending from current-day Bowerstown to very near Cherry Valley, New York, upon which Congressman John Myer Bowers built Lakelands in 1804. Woodside Hall, on the eastern edge of the village proper, was built c. 1829 by Eben B. Morehouse and was subsequently owned by several prominent individuals, including (in 1895) financier Walter C. Stokes of New York City. His son, Walter Watson Stokes, served in the New York State Senate from 1933 to 1952. Prior to the Stokes' ownership, the home was visited by Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States.

The Village Offices and Cooperstown Art Association are housed in a neo-classical building designed by Ernest Flagg, famed for Manhattan's 47-storey Singer Building and the Boldt Castle on the St. Lawrence River. The building was originally commissioned by Elizabeth Scriven Clark in 1898 as a YMCA. Robert Sterling Clark, son of Elizabeth, gave it to the village in 1932.

Several prominent buildings in town were designed or updated by noted architect Frank P. Whiting, who originally worked under Ernest Flagg. A resident of New York City and Cooperstown, Whiting was also a noted artist. Whiting designed the Farmers Museum farm buildings[6] and the shingle-style manor at Leatherstocking Falls Farm (residence of the late Dorothy Stokes Bostwick Smith Campbell). Landscaping was done by the all-female firm of Wodell & Cottrell in the 1930s[7]. Whiting also designed 56 Lake Street. Cooperstown architecture was featured in the 1923 edition of The White Pine Series of Architectural Monographs (Volume IX), written by Frank Whiting.

In 1916, financier William T. Hyde acquired Glimmerglen, a lakeside property north of Fenimore Farm, from the Constable family[8]. The house burned to the ground shortly thereafter and was rebuilt by society architect Alfred Hopkins, who also designed a new farm complex, gate house, and assorted dependencies. The estate was featured in a multipage advertisement in Country Life magazine in late 1922 when the property was put up for sale. Hyde (no relation to the family of Hyde Hall in Springfield Center) raised champion sheep (Shropshires, Cheviots, Southdowns) at Glimmerglen Farm. The manor and greenhouses were razed in the late 1960s after their acquisition by the Clark family. The stone gatehouse, featured in the Architectural Record, is extant today, as is the boathouse and the distinctive cottage known as Winter House.

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Cooperstown, in Central New York, is known best for its role as the Home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The villagers believe that Abner Doubleday invented baseball on a cow pasture within the Village in 1839. (The actual origins of baseball are uncertain.)

Get in

By bus

No Amtrak trains stop in Cooperstown, as the nearest stops are in Amsterdam and Utica. However, the town is served by direct Greyhound/Trailways bus routes.

  • Greyhound, [1]. Buses stop at Cooperstown's AAA Motor Club at 72 Elm St, a few blocks from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Doubleday Field. From New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, the ride takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes and costs (as of June 2009) $49.25 one-way or $98.50 round-trip.  edit

See

Cooperstown is also home to the Farmers' Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum, The New York State Historical Association (NYSHA) library and Brewery Ommegang.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Phone: 1-888-HALL-OF-FAME, [2]
  • Farmers' Museum, Phone: 607-547-1450, [3].
  • New York State Historical Association, Phone: 607-547-1400,[4]
  • Fenimore Art Museum, [5]
  • Brewery Ommegang, County Highway 33, Phone: 1- 800-544-1809, [6].
  • TJ's Place. Awesome restrant right on main street  edit
  • The Brewery Ommegang produces authentic Belgian-style ales in a classy brewery on acres of land that they sometimes open for camping and other events.
  • Cooley's Stone House Tavern, 49 Pioneer St., is a quaint pub with Irish flair.
  • Best Western Inn & Suites at the Commons, 50 Commons Drive, 607-547-7100, [7]. Beautiful hotel with spacious extended stay suites.   edit
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The Chronicles of Cooperstown
James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel M. Shaw

THE CHRONICLES OF COOPERSTOWN

by James Fenimore Cooper (1838)

continued by S. M. Shaw (1886)

Source of this text: Cornell University Library : Making of America collection : A Centenial Offering, being a brief History of Cooperstown, with a Biographical Sketch of James Fenimore Cooper, by Hon. Isaac N. Arnold, Together with other Interesting Local Facts and Data, edited by S. M. Shaw, Cooperstown N.Y.: Printed at the Freeman's Journal Office. 1886.

Originally published as: Cooper, James Fenimore. The Chronicles of Cooperstown. Cooperstown, N.Y. : H & E Phinney, 1838.

The numbers that appear at the ends of selected paragraphs (e.g. ≈ 5) are links to the image files used as the source for the paragraphs that immediatedly precede the number. The numbers roughly correspond with the page number on which those paragraphs were printed in the source document.


PREFACE.
[by S. M. Shaw 1886]
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  There has been an expressed desire on the part of many of the residents of Cooperstown, for several years past, for a new and more complete "History of Cooperstown," than has heretofore been published, the old volume bearing that title being out of print; and since it was issued in 1862 many events of local interest have transpired which should go upon record. In compliance with this general desire and an occasional personal request on the subject, I have undertaken to collate and edit this volume, which is issued a century after the first settlement of Cooperstown; with what degree of success as to meeting the just expectations of my esteemed fellow-citizens of one of the most noted villages in this country, I must leave to their kind judgment. I will only say, I have conscientiously and with much pleasure done the best I could with the material and time at my command, and have preserved for some other writer at a later period, material that otherwise might have been lost.

  Next to Mr. Cooper’s "Chronicles" — which were carried down to 1838 — the most prominent feature of this book is the appreciative tribute which the late Hon. Isaac N. Arnold of Chicago, formerly of Cooperstown, paid to the memory of Mr. Cooper in an Essay which first appeared in the Freeman’s Journal in 1884. He had a few copies of the same, illustrated by a number of photographic views, printed in pamphlet form. This tribute of a scholarly and well-known author and admiring personal friend of Mr. Cooper, has been sought for by literary writers and publishers in different parts of the country, by some of whom it is esteemed the best essay ever written on America s most noted Novelist and naval Historian. S. M. S. ≈ 5

OTSEGO LAKE AND VICINITY.
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  It is doubtful whether any white man ever visited the shores of this beautiful inland lake previous to the year 1737 — nearly a century and a half ago — at which time it was the favorite resort of the red man. In 1737, Cadwallader Colden, surveyor-general, in his report to the Hon. George Clarke, lieutenant-governor of the province of New York, made this statement: "At 50 miles from Albany, the land carriage from the Mohawk river to a lake, from whence the northern branch of the Susquehanna takes its rise, does not exceed 14 miles. Goods may be carried from this lake in battoes or fiat-bottomed vessels, through Pennsylvania, to Maryland and Virginia, the current of the river running everywhere easy."

  In 1753 the Rev. Gideon Hawley — ordained a Missionary to the Indians, in the Old South meeting house [of Boston,] when the Rev. Dr. Sewall preached on the occasion — journeyed as far as here, and left on record this memorandum: "May 31st. We met with difficulty about getting a canoe, and sent an Indian into the woods to get ready a bark, but he made small progress. In the afternoon came from Otsego lake, which is the source of this stream" — the Susquehanna. It is probable that other christian Missionaries made the same journey at a later period, to this part of the territory of the Six Nations.

  What was long known as the "Bowers Patent," in Middlefleld, was originally owned by John R. Myer, of the city of New York. His daughter married henry Bowers, who was the father of John M. Bowers, and who inherited the large tract of land which subsequently bore his name. John Nichols was the first settler who lived on this patent, in a little house which stood near the river on ‘the Lakelands." He leased a tract of land, and made the first clearing on this patent. It was at his house that Mr. Henry Bowers and his wife first lodged. Nichols’ log house was burned in 1802, at the time the timber was burned which was being kiln-dried for the construction of the mansion of Mr. Bowers, who had that day left for Albany. ≈ 6

  In 1791, when Cooperstown had hut few dwellings, Mr. Henry Bowers caused to be laid out and surveyed by Philip R. Frey, the proposed village of "Bowerstown," which extended from the Susquehanna river to the base of the hill on the east, and from the Lake to a point about 950 feet south thereof. The map of this projected village, now in the possession of Mr. H. J. Bowers, shows that this plat of land — now represented by "the Lakelands" and 350 feet south of the road which forms its southern boundary — was laid out in 82 building lots, nearly all of them 50x130 feet, and in a building lot 200x260 feet for the "Manor Square" on which Mr. Bowers proposed to build, and being part of "the Lakelands," near the Lake and River. "Division street" was to be "as wide as Cooper’s street," and started from the eastern termination of our present Main street. "Bridge street" was the northern boundary. and terminated on the west at the first bridge built across the Susquehanna. "Water," "Myer" and "Washington" streets ran north and south through the village. "Otsego" street ran from a point on Bridge street north, near the Lake, where the present owner of "the Lakelands" has constructed an avenue. Later on, Mr. Bowers probably changed his plans, for we do not learn that these "village lots" were ever put upon the market. It is a pity that "Cooperstown" was not originally as well laid out as "Bowerstown." The former will probably ere long cross the river, by legislative enactment, and embrace within its corporate limits all of the former, and a tract of land lying east and south of it.

  A saw mill was built by Robt Riddle, on Bowers patent, on Red Creek, in 1791, being the first saw mill in this part of the country, and one has been maintained there until now. This locality, now embracing a number of dwellings, school house, mission church, and the mills, has lone been locally known as "Bowerstown."

  In 1783, a little more than a century ago, camee Gen. Washington, as is mentioned in the "Chronicles," who said in his published letter: "I then traversed the country to the head of the eastern branch of the Susquehanna, and viewed the lake Otsego."

  When the Editor of this book came here in 1851, he had the pleasure of meeting two venerable ladies who had been well acquainted with General Washington, and who had met him in society with other Revolutionary celebrities and chiefs — Mrs. Wilson, whose father was at one time on Gen. Washington’s staff, and her daughter Mrs. Bowers. We often listened with great pleasure to the personal reminiscences of the latter of Washington, Lafayette, Baron Steuben, and other patriots of the Revolution. Mrs. Bowers had a most remarkably retentive memory and a thoroughly-disciplined and well-educated mind; hence she was a delightful conversationalist. ≈ 7

  After the power of the Six Nations had been broken in the Mohawk valley, and the warlike tribe which gave its name to that locality had been driven further west, the great Indian Confederacy still held sway about Otsego Lake and along the whole distance of the Susquehanna valley, and west to Canada. The Tories and British were constantly inciting them to deeds of violence. The Cherry Valley Massacre occurred in November, 1778. The following year the government determined if possible to deal a death-blow to the power of the Six Nations, and it was in the summer of 1779 that Gen. Clinton, commanding one wing of the army sent against them, marched from Canajoharie through an unbroken wilderness to the head of Otsego Lake, carrying with him 220 boats and three months’ provisions. His command consisted of about 1,500 troops, and they reached the present site of Cooperstown, July 1. During their stay of several weeks, awaiting the more tardy operations of Gen. Sullivan, whose column had advanced from Wyoming on Tioga, Gen. Clinton employed his men in building the dam spoken of in the "Chronicles." When the water was high enough to answer his purpose, he embarked his army, broke away the dam, and was soon carried by the accumulated waters to the point where he joined Sullivan, near Tioga, August 22d. The battle which followed, in which the Indian Chief Joseph Brant and his Tory and British allies were routed after an obstinate conflict, with great loss to their combined forces, ended the prestige and almost destroyed the power of the Six Nations in this part of the country; and from that day their supremacy, which had at one time extended across the continent, rapidly faded away. Otsego had suffered its last Indian incursion; and from that time forward only occasionally a few straggling Indians were seen in the cabins of its white settlers.

At this point we introduce Mr. Cooper’s record of local events, extending from 1785 to 1838: ≈ 8


THE CHRONICLES OF COOPERSTOWN.
BY JAMES FENIMORE-COOPER.
[1838]
INTRODUCTION.
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    It is always desirable to possess authentic annals. The peculiar nature of American history, which commences in an enlightened age, renders that which is so desirable, in our case, practicable, and, with a view that posterity may know the leading facts connected with the origin and settlement of the village of Cooperstown, and that even the present generation may be set right in some important particulars concerning which erroneous notions now prevail, as well as possess a convenieiit book of reference, the folldwing little work has been written.

    This book has been compiled with care, by consulting authentic public records, private documents, more especially those in possession of the Cooper family, and living witnesses, whose memories and representations might be confided in. It is hoped no error has been admitted into its pages, and it is believed no essential mistake can be pointed out. Where the compilers have not found good reasons to credit their evidence, they have proceeded with caution, and made their statements with due reserve.

    A work of this character can not have a very extensive interest, but it is thought it will have some with a county in which its subject composes the seat of justice; and by those whose fathers were active in converting the wilderness around about us, into its present picture of comfort and civilization, no records of this nature can be regarded with indifference.

    The love of particular places, such as the spots in which we were born, or have passed our lives, contributes to sustain all the affections, and to render us better citizens and better men. This love is strengthened and increased by familiarity with events, and as time throws its interest around the past, reverence and recollections add their influence to that of the natural ties. With a view to aid these sentiments, also have our little labors been conducted. If those who come after the compilers of the Chronicles of Cooperstown, should do as much in their generation, they who inhabit the place a century hence, will, beyond question, be ready to acknowledge that in one essential duty they were not forgotten by their predecessors. In the early annals of this place there was a disposition, as in all new countries, to exaggerate its growth and various printed notices exist, by which its origin is stated to be several years too recent. These errors, as well as several connected with deaths, &c., that exist even in the church registers, and other official documents, have been carefully corrected in this book. In this respect, it is thought no more authentic accounts of the several subjects can be found. ≈ 9


Introduction, Ch. I, Ch. II, Ch. III, Ch. IV, Ch. V, Ch. VI, Ch. VII

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Cooperstown, New York
—  Village  —
National Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown, New York
Location within the state of New York
Coordinates: 42°41′50″N 74°55′37″W / 42.69722°N 74.92694°W / 42.69722; -74.92694
Country United States
State New York
County Otsego
Area
 - Total 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 - Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,227 ft (374 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,032
 Density 1,317.5/sq mi (508.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 13326
Area code(s) 607
FIPS code 36-18047
GNIS feature ID 0979671

Cooperstown is a village in Otsego County, New York, USA.

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