Best Known For:
Cooperstown is internationally known for being home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, which opened its doors in 1939.
Year Established: 1786
What is the most surprising fact about Cooperstown?
It’s a small village (only 1,800 year-round citizens), located on the southern shore of Otsego Lake – headwaters of the mighty Susquehanna River.
Do you have any famous current, former, or historic residents?
James Fenimore Cooper – America’s first great novelist – wrote his Leatherstocking Tales about the Cooperstown area and Lake Otsego in the early 1800s and was the first to put Cooperstown “on the map” on the international stage.
What are the biggest annual events in your community?
The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, held each year in late July, attracts upwards of 80,000 people (Cal Ripkin, Jr. in 2007). Average attendance ranges in the tens of thousands and the area gets national media exposure.
Cooperstown isn't just for Baseball fans though! There are plenty of music, arts, and nature activities and events for everyone to find something they enjoy! Check out a full calendar by clicking here!
What do you want visitors to discover in Cooperstown?
We are a village of “regular” folks, surrounded by the natural beauty of the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Our lush greenery is dotted with world-class art museums, a living history museum, a noted beverage trail and craft beverage producers, internationally-acclaimed opera, historic homes, hotels and B&Bs. Truly Big City Culture in a Small Town Setting. Check out all there is to see and do in Cooperstown!
What initiatives is Cooperstown currently working on?
We are an area that truly values our natural resources – to wit, we have several organizations that are committed to preserving our land, historic buildings, water quality – at the end of the day, preserving our quality of life.
How many family-friendly activities are offered in your community?
Because we’re home to a plethora of outstanding museums, family-friendly activities abound in the Cooperstown area – year-round. From the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce to the Cooperstown Concert Series and many more, there are concerts, festivals and fun for kids of all ages throughout the year.
Where would you take someone on a first date in Cooperstown?
Sitting on a rocker at the Otesaga Resort Hotel’s veranda during the summer months says it all about Cooperstown – the beauty and serenity of Otsego Lake and the grandeur of the hotel.