WELCOME TO COOPERSTOWN

What is Cooperstown?

It’s a hard place to pigeonhole. To some, Cooperstown is nearly mythical as the “Birthplace of Baseball,” the site of Doubleday Field, and home to

Cooperstown depicted on an 1890 panoramic map

Cooperstown depicted on an 1890 panoramic map

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. To others, it is a treasured historic site, where James Fenimore Cooper, America’s first true novelist and author of The Last of the Mohicans, grew up and set many of his classic works (in and around the Village his father founded). Otsego Lake, which lends the Village such great beauty, is beloved by many for swimming, and fishing.

Still, there’s more. Cooperstown is the home to a top-quality hospital, Bassett Healthcare, and, on our border, two more world-class museums, The Farmer’s Museum and The Fenimore Art Museum. And then there’s our historic Main Street, with its diverse shops and vast choice of restaurants. Even that isn’t all that there is.

What is Cooperstown? To the nearly 2000 residents who live here year-round it is all those things and more. It is a magical place to live, a  wonderful place to raise a family and the perfect setting to start a business away from the hectic lifestyle of huge cities and traffic-filled suburbs.

But don’t take my word for it. Come visit Cooperstown and see for yourself. You may never want to go home.

Jeff Katz
Mayor